England has many lakes (likewise Scotland has many lochs). England’s lakes are nationwide, not just in the Lake District (though the largest lakes are here, as are the highest mountains). Northumberland’s Kielder Water is our biggest manmade lake (reservoir) although Rutland Water is better-known, thanks to its success in returning almost-extinct ospreys (fish-eating birds of prey).
Lakes are large bodies of water surrounded by land on all sides. Other bodies of water include:
- Natural ponds (the same but smaller than lakes)
- Tarns (lakes formed when water fills empty glaciers)
- Coves (enclosed by soft rock in coastal areas)
- Lagoons (shallow waters in coastal areas)
- Fjords (bordered by narrow cliffs either side)