Saturday, 19 April 2014

Abbey Fishponds

Tucked away in-between housing estates in the north of Abingdon is a small nature reserve known as the Abbey Fishponds.
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In medieval times it is believed it once consisted of large ponds used to provide carp and other fish for the nearby Abingdon Abbey.
Now those ponds are have dried out and have been replaced by a well managed nature reserve which has smaller ponds, that are no longer suitable for farming fish, but are ideal for aquatic insects such as damselflies and dragonflies - which will emerge later in the year:  
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As well as the ponds there is a small stream running through the centre of the reserve - which eventually joins the Thames at Barton Fields.

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The shallow water, steep banks and sympathetic management mean it is ideal habitat for water voles and with enough patience and a bit of luck it is possible to see one lurking at the edge of the stream.
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Proving the interconnected waterways, streams and ditches make Abingdon one of the important areas for water voles in county - if not the country.

2 comments:

  1. Martin Gulliver19 April 2014 at 06:20

    I really must investigate these ponds!
    Incidentally I saw my first water vole for a few years last Tuesday, by the bridge that links the playground area of Ock Meadow to the Tescos path

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  2. Hi Martin,

    Great to hear about your water vole sighting.
    I've spent quite a bit of time along the Ock in recent weeks but haven't seen any water voles, so it's really good news to hear that they're still there.

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