The Quoile is rich in insects, providing food for fish such as rudd and eels. In turn, these may be eaten by grey herons, cormorants and grebes.
An excellent site for birdwatching, the Quoile attracts migrating wading birds in the spring and autumn.
In summer, swans and many breeding wildfowl appear, including the scarce gadwall.
In winter, large numbers of wigeon and other ducks are easily viewed.
The bird hide overlooking the freshwater lake allows for excellent bird watching opportunities. The RSPB website has a great index to help you identify the birds.
In summer, the riverside is covered in foliage and fauna – colourful wild roses, willowherb, purple loosestrife and yellowcress. An abundance of wildfowl also breed here, which include mute swans, mallard and tufted duck. Wading birds on migration such as black-tailed godwit drop in during spring and autumn and in winter large numbers of wildfowl are abundant. These comprise of whooper swans, greylag geese and at least 17 species of duck including wigeon, goldeneye, shoveler, teal, pochard, scaup and shelduck plus occasional rarities such as smew and garganey.
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