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Daventry Country Park

Daventry Country Park is a popular park ideally situated in the urban fringe of Daventry within 1 mile of the town centre, easily accessible by car, bicycle or on foot with the benefit of cycle ways and footpaths from the surrounding areas.

 

There are circular, way-marked trails through the woodlands and meadows that surround the reservoir with wheelchair accessible bird hides to stop and view the wildlife. 


With a large reservoir where you can feed the ducks, an adventure playground, outdoor gym equipment, numerous picnic spots, a nature trail and a wealth of wildlife, Daventry Country Park is a great family day out.

 

The Reservoir Café is open 7-days a week and offers a variety of hot and cold food, refreshments and ice-creams. The café is able to take contactless payment and Apple Pay. Visitors can also purchase bags of seed to feed the ducks. Dogs are welcome within the café area but must be kept on a lead and under control at all times. 

 

Daventry Country Park has been awarded the Country Parks Accreditation and our 15th Green Flag Award proving that the Park is recognised as one of the best green spaces in the country and deliver the core facilities and services expected of Country Parks.


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Country Park management plan


To enable development of the Country Park, a Management plan has been put into place; this plan takes a medium term strategic view of the site (until 2017) and outlines a number of ways in which the park can further contribute to the community and wider social, health, well-being, environmental and economic renewal objectives. You can view the management plan here

 

We are constantly striving to improve Daventry Country Park and appreciate the view and comments of visitors. To help, please take part in our survey to help shape the future for Daventry Country Park, please click here 

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 Advice on Blue-Green Algae


Blue-green algae is sometimes detected in the reservoir during the summer months and visitors are advised to exercise caution around the water once the warmer weather has arrived.


While Daventry District Council maintains the Country Park, the reservoir is managed by the Canal & River Trust and their Environment Team has the following information and advice for visitors:


Blue-green algae occurs naturally in freshwater and can start to grow out of control in warm weather and can sometimes produce toxins. 


Contact with the toxins can cause reactions including itchy eyes, skin irritation and hay fever like symptoms, while ingesting them can cause abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhoea. Children and pets are particularly at risk.

 

algae

How to spot it:

People often mistake it for duckweed but there are differences. Duckweed is a plant so it has tiny leaves like cress or clover and is only found floating on the surface.

Blue-green algae, on the other hand, are tiny organisms that are actually classed as bacteria. The first sign of a bloom of algae is water being discoloured bright green or blue-green. Then, a scum forms on the surface of the water, which can look like turquoise paint, jelly, grass clippings or floating mats, and can be blue-green, grey-green, greenish-brown or reddish-brown in colour. If toxins are produced, they are most concentrated in the scums.


Steps to take:


Not all blue-green algae blooms are toxic but it is advisable to treat all water with signs of the algae as potentially hazardous and to stick to the following guidelines:


  • Do not allow pets or livestock to swim in or drink the water. It is recommended to keep dogs on leads in affected areas.
  • High risk activities are those where extended skin contact or ingestion of water is likely, such as paddling, swimming, diving, wind-surfing or water-skiing. These activities should be avoided in affected water.
  • Activities involving incidental water contact, such as placid water canoeing (with no capsize drill), rowing, sailing, rafting and dragon boating, carry a medium risk of ingestion or inhalation of splashes of water. For these activities, it is advisable to avoid accumulations of scum, which often happen along downwind shorelines.
  • The risk to boaters is low, but it is best to maintain good personal hygiene, and wash hands after handling ropes, or other equipment which has been in the water.
  • If you do come in to contact with blue-green algae, remove contaminated clothing and wash skin in clean water as soon as possible, especially before eating or drinking. If in any doubt about your wellbeing, seek medical advice.



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