SP9314 : North Bank and Islands at College Lake

taken 12 years ago, near to Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

North Bank and Islands at College Lake
North Bank and Islands at College Lake
When the quarry was still working three areas were left excavated to act as islands and one was covered with shingle to encourage terns to nest. Their height was based on calculations as to how high the water would rise when the quarry closed and pumping ceased. (As the quarry is chalk it was assumed that water would drain away through the chalk.).
The calculation proved to be over optimistic and the water rose until the islands were completely submerged as was the site of a hide placed to view them.
In September 2000 the north bank was modified to provide two further islands, Big Paddy and Little Paddy and still the water rose so that now (July 2009) Little Paddy is close to vanishing altogether.
College Lake Nature Reserve, near Tring

College Lake is a large nature reserve with a very wide variety of habitats created from a large chalk pit. There is a large area of marsh with islands, and a deep water lake, while the cliffs surrounding the pit are in various stages of being "recovered" by nature. There is open meadow land and an area kept as an old fashioned cornfield full of flowers. There is woodland all round the area (originally planted to hide the quarry) and a large new woodland of native trees and shrubs. This all means that whatever time of the year you visit you can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife.

There are good facilities for the visitor (and for school parties), including many hides, and displays of old agricultural equipment. It is run by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust. LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Sunday, 12 July, 2009   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 July, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 931 144 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:49.2611N 0:39.0391W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 932 145
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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