The Green Heart of Poringland


Pretty as a Picture

Poringland Lakes always looks magnificent at any time of the year, not least in winter snow as this picture clearly illustrates.

But if you look closer you will see it’s not a photograph  but a wonderful pastel painting by accomplished local artist Gayle Whitwood. 

Although she draws and paints as a hobby, Gayle is often called upon to undertake commissions.  Her depictions, especially of pets, are always in demand and adorn many a village home.

Gayle and husband Steve are also enthusiastic friends of Poringland Lakes and are frequent visitors.

“It’s such a lovely place to walk” said Gayle. “We are so lucky to have it on our doorstep. It’s so picturesque at any time of the year” she added.

90 Schoolchildren Visit Lakes 

The lakes reverberated with noise and excitement earlier today when 90 youngsters from Poringland primary school visited the site for a nature study day. 

Accompanied by staff and volunteers and armed with notebooks and pencils, the school children excitedly walked round the site noting things of interest. 

Spotting rabbits was popular while several youngsters managed to see carp cruising in the shallows.  Sadly no one spotted the kingfishers but the hedgehog house proved a big attraction, even if Mr and Mrs Hedgehog were not at home! 

It is hoped the school will make further visits in the Spring for some pond dipping sessions.

Hotel Inspector Calls 

The Hotel Inspector has made a surprise visit to Poringland Lakes. 

Not of course, Alex Polizzi from the famous Chanel Five television show of the same name but nevertheless an equally welcome guest! 

John Mallott from Poringland Men's Shed, maker of the bug hotel and more recently tawny owl box, popped up to the lakes earlier this week to see his creations in situ. 

Despite living locally for close on 30 years, this was John's first visit to the lakes and he seemed genuinely impressed with all that's going on there. 

PW Online 

Poringland Lakes angling partners, PW Angling of Norwich, have entered the digital age by unveiling their own website. 

Although proprietor Peter Wood has no plans to enter the online purchasing arena, the site contains some useful information about opening hours and the like. 

Take a look at PW’s new site by clicking on http://www.pwangling.co.uk/ 

Childcare Visit 

A party from the local childcare group take advantage of the warm spring sunshine, to visit the lakes and take in the scenery. 

Generous Benefactor  

As volunteers were filling a skip with years of accumulative rubbish earlier today, one local resident was so impressed at the ‘spring clean’ that he reached into his pocket and made a cash donation of £40 towards the cost of the skip.  

“That was a wonderful gesture” said head bailiff Ray Noble.  “It’s good to see that volunteers’ efforts are appreciated” he added. 

Live Radio Boost 

Poringland Lakes featured in today’s David Whiteley show on Radio Norfolk. 

Introducing the feature, host David Whiteley described the lakes as Poringland’s best kept secret, a picturesque place with an eventful history.

Coming live from the lakes, well-known broadcaster Wally Webb interviewed local councillor John Overton.  John explained the history of the site, the water loss crisis and the lakes’ subsequent restoration by Norfolk Homes. 

John credited the work done by Norfolk Homes and also managed to weave in a plug for the forthcoming Family Fishing Days. 

Off air, broadcaster Wally said how he had fished the lakes many years ago before they were redeveloped. 

If you missed Saturday’s programme, you can hear it on BBC Radio iPlayer.  Search on Radio Norfolk’s David Whiteley show for Saturday 13 February and fast forward one hour 50 minutes. 

See also the following link.


Perfect Location 

Ever fancied having your own little place right next to Poringland Lakes?  Well, now you can! 

Homes and Land are advertising a new four bedroom executive detached bungalow which, according to the sales pitch, “enjoys secluded views of Poringland lakes and beyond.” 

The four bedroom bungalow features an impressive hallway entrance, living room, large open plan kitchen/dining room, utility room with semi vaulted ceilings and cloakroom.  It also has a detached double garage and an enclosed rear and side garden with terrace areas overlooking Poringland lakes. 

And it could all be yours – for a cool £525,000.

Postscript – Sadly you may have missed your chance already.  The advertised sales details have recently been annotated with the words “Under Offer” – so it could be that head bailiff Ray Noble has beaten us to it after all!!!!

Big Lake Watch 

Lakes warden Peter Aspinall was just one of many thousands of people supporting the RSPB’s Big Garden Watch at the weekend. 

Rather than doing it at home, Peter braved a miserably wet morning to carry out the one hour survey at Poringland Lakes – and was well rewarded for his effort, spotting 13 different species. 

“Unfortunately the weather and time of day was not conducive to bird spotting” said Peter.  “As a result we didn’t see some of the more regular visitors including the goldcrests, woodpeckers and kingfishers.”

The Big Garden Watch which started as predominantly a children’s activity in 1979, enables the RSPB to closely monitor the bird population.  Now over half a million people take part every year, providing the RSPB with a wealth of data.          

Results show that the number of house sparrows and starlings have dropped dramatically in recent years which could be due to lack of food or suitable nesting sites.

Lifting a Finger for Nature

This remarkable photograph epitomises what Poringland Conservation Lakes are all about - lifting a finger for nature.

Taken at the car park at Poringland Lakes earlier today, the photo shows a broad bodied chaser settling contentedly of the finger of Peter Aspinall, our 'resident' warden.

The dragonfly stayed there for several minutes, basking happily in the sun, allowing our photographer time to run to the car, grab a camera and capture this wonderful shot.

Picnic Time for Local Girls

Three young ladies from the village make the best of the summer weather by holding an impromptu picnic at Poringland Lakes.