The gently shelving edges and muddy margins of the central lake provide valuable feeding area for a variety of waterfowl throughout the year. Managed as a nature reserve since 1968, the site extends beyond the lake to include marsh and ponds within a wooded setting.
The reserve is unusual in that it combines both dry and wet woodland types - the latter being an increasingly rare habitat, vital for a great number of invertebrate species.
Introduced tree species such as the spectacular corsican pine are mixed together with more traditional native trees and shrubs.
A dedicated Supporter Group volunteer their time here, carrying out site maintenance, welcoming visitors and sharing their knowledge of this lovely nature reserve.
Read more about the origins of Adel Dam below under 'history'.