The Tranquil Otter’s self catering accommodation lies along the North Eastern edge of Thurstonfield Lough (pronounced “Luff”), which is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna including otters, swans, kingfishers and numerous species of wildfowl. Surrounding the lake are woods with a delightful pathway around the lake that gives access to a wetland boardwalk and a bird hide. The path is wheelchair accessible and there is a mobility scooter available for the less mobile. Observant and patient guests stand a good chance of seeing otters, deer, kingfishers, many kinds of bats, two species of woodpecker, three species of owl, tree-creepers and a wide variety of other wildlife.
The Lough is a shallow lake set in boulder clay laid down at the time of the retreat of the last ice age (c 12,000 BC). It is a natural pond extended by a dam to feed a now long-defunct water mill in the village. The Lough is now controlled by a “Monks’ Weir” on the Eastern Edge of the Lough. This allows the outflow to be drawn either from the surface of the lake or from the bottom. It is registered under The Reservoirs Act 1975 and subject to annual inspections and periodic hydrological studies.
Thurstonfield Lough is a “Site of Special Scientific Interest” which is a nationally recognised nature reserve, protected by law. We are responsible to Natural England, the national agency for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity, wildlife and landscapes in England, for care of the natural environment on the Site. Look out for more information on our web site about the richness of the natural environment, not just the many wild mammals and more than 50 species of regularly visiting wild-fowl and woodland birds but also 40 species of large fungi and 50 species of invertebrates, some very rare. The Tranquil Otter represents a modern balance between the needs of today’s visitors for comfort, peace and natural beauty and the need to care for our natural environment; guests are invited to enjoy this wonderful environment.
Did you know that the lough is on wikipedia too? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurstonfield_Lough