Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve


The Islands


Whilst Solly Joel did not create the actual lake as many people believe, the two islands within the lake can probably be attributed to him, along with the thatched summer house which stood on the North side of the larger island until the late 1960's.

Today the islands are mainly used by the birds. The small island (Swan Island) is used by the swans, geese and coots, whilst the larger island (Boat Island) is used by the ducks and the great crested grebes.



(Swan's nest on Swan Island)