Like many such popular places it's easy to get away from the 'crowds'. Push chairs and dog walkers tend to take the first bridge and causeway across the lake to make the shortest round trip. We go a little further, up to the end of the woods, and we're immediately on quieter paths.
A pair of Great-crested Grebes swim alongside each other preening themselves. Their courtship will soon be extending to ritualised bowing and head-nodding and presenting each other with bouquets of waterweed.
There are a few Tufted Ducks at the war memorial end of the lake. One of them has caught a Freshwater Mussel, which it rotates in its bill, biting at it to get it open.