Roudsea Tarn

Type; Natural
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Location; Roudsea Wood & Mosses NNR
Accessibility; Private, but with permissible paths
Grid Ref; SD 331 823
Elevation; 9m (30 feet)
Size; 35 x 25 m (120 x 90 feet)
Area; 0.1 hectares (0.25 acres)
Depth; unknown
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Roudsea Tarn is well hidden away in the nature reserve at Roudsea Wood, on the eastern side of the Leven Estuary. It is a small pool with a large (in comparison) island, so it forms a ring of water, heavily overgrown with reds up to 6 feet high. I guess the aerial photo on Google Maps was taken quite a few years ago. When I visited, the reserve workers had started to clear the reeds away from the southern end so it was possible to see half of the tarn.

There was a small, roofed, wooden platform at one side of the lake with what appeared to be bait in it. Since one of the nearby water courses is named Otter Dyke, I suspect this is part of an otter monitoring project.