I DID NOT REALISE THAT THERE ARE THREE LAKES ON THE UCD CAMPUS
I had an appointment on Roebuck Road but it was cancelled on my arrival for various reasons. As I had a camera with me I decided to take advantage of the recently upgraded Roebuck Road Entrance to the UCD Campus.
Developed in conjunction with the building of the Arts, Administration and Library buildings in the 1970s the main UCD Lake was the original focal point or the campus. It is now joined by the Upper Lake which forms a second focal point between the UCD Engineering and Materials Science Centre, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Quinn School of Business, Gerald Manley Hopkins international Centre and Daedalus buildings.
The new Upper Lake acts as a natural rain water treatment facility and was built in conjunction with the UCD Sutherland School of Law Building. This constructed wetland, covering an area of 6,000m2, with a water body in excess of 9 million litres, will develop over time providing a wildlife corridor between the perimeter and central core of the campus. The length of the water body is specially designed to allow for colonisation by swans. The large selection of marginal planting includes food plants and vegetated islands for wildlife. In total approximately 22,000 new plants are being planted including 105 new trees, 2,500 woodland and hedging plants, 8,000 wetland plants and 11,500 spring bulbs.
The Upper Lake also completes the first section of the belt-walk landscape which forms part of the wider master plan for campus circulation.
The Lower or “Secret” Lakes are situated behind the UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre and UCD Conway Institute. They are part of an original water course that has been developed into reed beds and ponds to encourage biodiversity and forms part of the Millennium Oak Walk.