By the patient study of the behaviour of precocious young birds, such as chicks, pheasants, ducklings and moorhens, it can be readily ascertained that such modes of activity as running, swimming, diving, preening the down, scratching the ground, pecking at small objects, with the characteristic attitudes expressive of fear and anger, are so far instinctive as to be definite on their first occurrence - they do not require to be learnt.
There are numerous species in these sheltered channels, inlets and sounds of geese, ducks, swans, cormorants, ibises, bitterns, red-beaks, curlew, snipe, plover and moorhens.
Swans and ducks approach the side of the boats and keen eyed visitors may see moorhens and cormorants.
The pond was an ideal habitat for nesting moorhens, coots and grebes.
As well as improving standards of sewage treatment, the reeds should offer shelter for bird species including moorhens, coots, and warblers.