A WILDLIFE trust has condemned people who have put their lives at risk by walking and skating on frozen lakes after recent cold weather.

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has also warned that nature enthusiasts should not try this again should the weather become colder over the rest of winter this year.

This comes after reports that two members of the public recently tried to walk on the frozen lake at Foxhill Bank, in Oswaldtwistle, and skate on the flooded Lunt Meadows in Merseyside.

Trust campaigns manager Alan Wright said: “It is concerning to hear that our wetland nature reserves are being used for dancing on ice practice, but we need to warn people that this is dangerous.

“These lakes are deep because of the recent floods and there will be areas where the ice is going to be thin.

“Our reserves, by their nature, are remote places and if anyone gets into difficulties, there will only be a few, if any, people around to help.”

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Frozen lakes can be extremely dangerous 

The Trust has also stressed that skating and boating on lakes when the weather is warmer, are not good for the wild creatures that inhabit the nature reserves.

Mr Wright said: "We do not manage these areas for sporting activities, they are primarily for wildlife and for people who want to see wildlife.

“If someone decides to set sail on a wetland there are plenty of hazards and you are disturbing the birds and other beasts during the most important time of the year, the breeding season.

"There is a good chance you will scare birds from their nests and fledglings later in spring.

“There are specialised places where you can take part in these activities in much safer conditions and leave our nature reserves for people who appreciate undisturbed wildlife.”

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Skating on frozen lakes can also disturb local wildlife

Trust Health and Safety Advisor Ben Turpin meanwhile, reiterated the danger posed by walking on frozen bodies of water.

He said: “Frozen lakes pose a significant risk to life and must not be used for any recreation or entertainment.

"The Trust’s ability to provide immediate emergency response is limited and these incidents put extra pressures on staff and resources.

“It is also recognised that over half of people who have drowned under ice are those trying to rescue other people or dogs, so please ensure you treat frozen lakes with the respect and care they demand.”

To find out more about the Wildlife Trust, go to: www.lancswt.org.uk.