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Edward Richardson & Phyllis Amey

This beautiful reserve has been created from two gravel pits of the 1960's. A rich flora has since colonised the pits and now with fifteen species of dragonfly and damselfly making this site of county importance. There are wide variety of resident birds including the great crested grebe and kingfisher, this reserve also attracts migrant birds throughout the winter and spring such as cuckoo, redwing and fieldfare. A wonderful wet woodland habitat is developing at this lovely reserve.

Lying on the edge of Lechlade, Edward Richardson and Phyllis Amey nature reserve consists of two lakes and a number of seasonal ponds. Created by gravel extraction in the 1960s, a wide variety of mature natural habitats have grown up around the edges including scrub, wet woodland, marsh and reedbed. There are many common water birds on display all year round, such as heron and great crested grebe. Kingfisher is regularly seen and blackcap, cuckoo, willow warbler and chiffchaff can be heard in spring; in winter look out for redwing, fieldfare, and brambling. Great crested newt, frog and toad breed in the ponds and 15 species of dragonfly and damselfly have been recorded, including common darter, four-spotted chaser and emperor dragonfly.

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Directions: this nature reserve is located just north of Lechlade off the A361. Look for the small roundabout located just north of Lechlade (this is opposite Horseshoe Lake). Take the unnamed road and then go past Perrinsfield (on your left). Shortly after Perrinsfield keep to the left and park in the lay-by (if you get to Rough Grounds Farm you've gone too far). Look for steps on the left which will take you down to the lake and a circular walk.
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Jun - Sep
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11.10 hectares

You can walk all around the southern lake on footpaths; mainly wide and level, but with a few short flights of steps. There are a few benches, viewpoints and minor paths. The northern lake can be viewed from a viewpoint and bench by the side of the road.
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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333