Lakes & Drainage

Theme principle

A better understanding of the lakes and drainage will lead to more informed management decisions and works that will improve water quality for people and wildlife.

In 2015 Bournemouth University’s Global Environmental Solutions (BUG) consulting team were funded by the HLF to research and monitor the water quality and ecology of the boating lake and two smaller freshwater ponds in Poole Park.

The executive summary and recommendations from the Bournemouth University report are now available and can be downloaded here (right).

The lakes & lagoon explained

Five new information panels were produced (below) to explain about the lakes and lagoon in more detail. The panels provide background information, some key facts from the Research project and proposals for the future.

Potential works include:

  • Dredging more silt from the lake bed to deepen the water
  • Creating new reed beds around the lake edges from the dredged material
  • Refreshing the existing islands and creating new ones
  • Automating the sluice gate that controls the water level
  • Improving the infrastructure that feeds water in to the park lakes
  • Educating local residents and businesses on the effect of surface water that ends up in the park

The drainage within the park is also being addressed, either as part of the improvements to the roads, or in specific works, such as around the cricket pitch.

Concept views, July 2016

Join us on Facebook

A Facebook Group has been set up enabling & encouraging members of the public to become involved in scientific research at Poole Park Lakes.

The aim of the page is to allow the public to upload photos of water levels (via the gauge board by The Kitchen), incident sightings (pollution from drains), algal blooms and flora and fauna sightings.  

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Please join us and share your images and other information:



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