Almost all of the Radley Lakes area is designated as a Local Wildlife Site and as a Conservation Target Area.  Several public rights of way (including the Thames path) and ‘permissive paths’ run through the Radley Lakes area and connect it to Abingdon and Radley. The land around Thrupp Lake is open to the public, as is the Barton Fields Nature Reserve. The diversity of habitats has made it home to a rich and diverse profusion of wildlife. The wildlife of Thrupp Lake is well known, but the rarer species are to be found in surprising places, including the ash-filled pits and areas of wet woodland and marsh. Much is interdependent: not just between lakes, habitats and species, but between species, and between one area and others nearby.

In 2005 the Save Radley Lakes group was formed to campaign against Thrupp Lake being filled with pulverised fuel ash. This attracted much support and media interest, locally and nationally, and it was agreed in 2008 that the Lake should not be filled with ash, but instead become a nature reserve with open public access. The campaign group took on a new form and mission as Friends of Radley Lakes. The 2018 Radley Neighbourhood Plan then proposed that there should be a Masterplan for the wider Radley Lakes area to become one of nature conservation and quiet recreation. In 2020 the Radley Lakes Trust was formed to oversee the process and in 2021 Friends of Radley Lakes decided to join forces with the Trust.

Best time to visit:
Spring is good for wild flowers especially orchids. Interesting birds can be found at anytime of year.


Postcode: OX14 3NG

Latitude / Longitude: 51.6744287, -1.247592

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