The Lakes

Radley Lakes is an area of former gravel quarries close to the River Thames, between Abingdon and Radley in Oxfordshire.

Some of the lakes left by quarrying were later filled with waste. Three lakes exist today – Thrupp Lake, Bullfield Lake and Orchard Lake.

The whole area has regenerated naturally. It is now extremely rich in wildlife, especially plants, birds and insects. Radley Lakes is a large area of 'green space', on the doorstep of local people.

Plans are now being made to manage Radley Lakes as an area for nature conservation and quiet recreation. This work is being led by the Radley Lakes Trust, a registered charity set up to look after the area.

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