In 2014 the Exhibition and Brandling Parks Community Trust designed an island refuge for nesting swans, after an unsuccessful nesting attempt in the Sensory Garden in 2013. Swans generally mate from spring through to summer with the cygnets being born anytime from May through to July. The lake also provides habitats for Moorhens, Coots, Great Crested Grebes and a range of Ducks and Geese. The lake currently supports high numbers of midges and other insects which bats enjoy feeding on. The park is home to both Common and Soprano Pipistrelle bats.