Edward Richardson & Phyllis Amey
Know before you go
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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitNovember to February, June to September
About the 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.