Healthy lives, ecosystems and landscapes rely on the qualities and benefits of water. Earth Trust is fortunate to own 500 acres of farmland adjacent to Little Wittenham Wood with two and a half miles of Thames frontage. Ponds within Little Wittenham Wood provide a breeding habitat for Great Crested Newts and habitat for other amphibians. Thrupp Lake, Radley is a special, aquatic oasis providing habitat for wetland birds and wildlife.
Research and monitoring are key parts of our work. They help us to understand what sustainable futures can look like and what part people can play in helping to achieve this.
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Over the last few years we've been transforming arable fields into a truly wild, beautiful landscape along more than a mile of the River Thames. We've restored ancient backwater channels, wet woodland, reed beds, ponds and scrapes, that will benefit wetland wildlife and improving water quality.
River of Life provides us with a unique opportunity to reconnect people and communities with water and wetlands, enabling everyone to make the clear link between the health of these ecosystems and their own well-being. We carried out a pilot project to find out more.
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In 2012 we created two new ponds and extended a third in Little Wittenham Wood to benefit the important population of great crested newts and other wildlife.
Thrupp Lake is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Abingdon. We've worked hard to turn it into a wildlife haven and a fantastic place for local people to visit.