Things To Do In The Park
Feeding the birds
The most popular activity for families visiting the Apex Park is feeding the ducks, Mallards, Mute Swans and Canada Geese which are often gathered at the bottom of the slipway waiting for a free handout. Seed can be purchased from the refreshment van located in the car park or you could bring half cut seedless grapes, peas, corn oats or chopped lettuce.
Please don't feed them bread! A climate-friendly, solar-powered duck food dispenser is set to be a ducks’ delight in Apex Park in Highbridge and is being installed today. Sedgemoor District Council are working with The Feed Ducks Initiative to provide a solar powered duck food dispenser which is made from recycled plastics - the equivalent of 20,000 plastic bottles. Apex Park is the first in the UK to have a contactless solar powered feeder model – and probably a world first.
The duck feed dispensers are contactless and for a small fee dispenses healthy duck food for the visitors to Apex Park to use when feeding their local ducks. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to the Friends of Apex Park to help develop biodiversity and environmental programs at their local Park; the other proceeds are for the duck food itself. With many people and children walking out and about, in parks, by the canal or river, it’s always lovely to see children feeding the ducks, usually with stale bread. However, ducks need a varied diet to be healthy and bread doesn’t hold much nutritional value for ducks. It fills the duck’s stomach so that they don’t forage for food that they would normally eat, which can lead to malnutrition. Uneaten soggy bread can cause a build-up of bad nutrients, which can lead to more algae growing around the water. This, in turn, can attracts pest such as rats and can be harmful to dogs that drink from the lake.
If you don’t want to use the feeder, we do know that ducks to love the following foods ……
Sweetcorn – Frozen or Fresh
Lettuce – Rocket, kale and Iceburg
Peas – Frozen or Fresh
Oats – Flapjack, rolled oats or instant porridge
Seeds – Bird seeds or human seeds and nuts
Rice – Cooked or uncooked
The Feed Ducks Initiative (www.feedducks.com) is an environmental initiative aimed at reducing the amount of bread and other food which is not good for the ducks digestion, which is fed to them by visitors to the park.
Facebook Page link: https://www.facebook.com/FeedDucksOfficial
A grey Heron and the odd Cormorant are occasionally seen giving a demonstration of their talent for catching fish and the most frequently seen diving duck is the Pochard followed by the Tufted duck. Coots are usually seen by rushes, as are moorhens (red face) but these are not so common.
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Can you find the 5 wooden animals that have recently moved into Apex Wildlife and Leisure Park? They have all found homes along the lakeside track.
Parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you! They meet Every Saturday at 9:00am.The event takes place at Apex Park, Marine Drive, Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge, TA8 1LT.
For more info on Park run and how to join please visit: their webpage.
The Bark Park
New dog agility equipment was installed at Apex in November 2020. The agility equipment is free to use and a great opportunity for you and your 4 legged friend to learn something new. The equipment has been put in place in memory of Roy Woodbury who ran dog training sessions in the park for many decades.
The Highbridge Angling Association lease the fishing rights for the larger section of the lake. The club have re-stocked the waters with Carp and Bream. If you wish to fish at the lake, permits can be obtained from Thyers Tackle Shop, Church Street, Highbridge Telephone 01278 786934. A number of swims have been provided for the fisherman to use and to protect the reed beds.
Radio Controlled Model Boats
Sedgemoor District Council allows the use of the smaller section of the lake for the sailing of radio controlled model boats for permit holders only. A permit can be obtained via this link.
The Sedgemoor Model Boat Club uses the lake as their home water and have sole use during the summer on Wednesday evenings and most Sunday mornings throughout the year. The club was formed in 1973 and has evolved into one of the largest and most active clubs in the south west.
Burnham BMX Club operate the BMX track adjacent to the main car park. The club which was formed in the early 1980's leases the land from Sedgemoor District Council to hold BMX racing and cycle training.
The floodlit track is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm all year round and all are welcome to use the facility, although the club wishes riders to be a BCF member which includes insurance. This is the home club of Liam Phillips the BMX WORLD CHAMPION 2013.
Children's Play Area
The playscape consists of 14 pieces of equipment suitable for juniors and toddlers. The toddler area is set in a fenced children's play area where smoking is not permitted.
Originally installed in 2002 in partnership with Sedgemoor District Council, Burnham & Highbridge Skating Group and Burnham on Sea & Highbridge Town Council this facility has been upgraded and modified several times over the years. Situated in the south east of the park adjacent to the Children's Play Area, the facility is floodlit until 9:30pm, has open access to both skaters, scooters and BMXers and has a variety of ramps for all abilities.
The main attraction of the park is the Half pipe with attached Hip ramp, plus the Fearless which also proves popular.
The modern outdoor gym includes a cross trainer, arm pull down, shoulder press, spinning bike, chest press, seated rower, dips and leg raise unit, leg press and sit-up bench, welcome sign and adequate space for warming up/cooling down. All of the new gym equipment feature innovative QR codes which take users to instructional videos when scanned using any smart phone.
Food & Drink
Opposite the main entrance gate you will often find a beautifully restored 1950's American Airstream catering unit - this is Lizzies Kitchen. They are the park's concessionaire providing the public with good quality wholesome food, most of which is from local suppliers. This family run business is headed up by pastry chef Lizzie Wynn and her mother Caroline. Their slow roasted pork roll with homemade stuffing & apple sauce is a local favourite, along with their wide selection of cakes. During the summer they even cater for the wildlife by selling (for a nominal fee) bird feed for the ducks and swans. They are in the park every day 10am until 5pm from April until the end of October and some weekends during the winter months.
You can place an order by phone on; 07933 121591.