Progress for people and wildlife
At the Earth Trust we work hard to make a difference, so it’s always heartening when that hard work pays off. Thrupp Lake, Radley a hidden gem in the outskirts of Abingdon, is a case in point. Thanks to funding by the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER programme and the landowner, RWE npower, we were able to develop the spot into a haven for wildlife and a valuable resource for the local community.
Visitors can enjoy a circular walk around the lake, including walking over the water via a boardwalk, and there's a brilliant bird hide offering views across the lake.
Regular surveys have revealed some exciting inhabitants including a number of local rarities and protected species. Several bat species have been recorded including Daubentons, soprano pipistrelle and noctule, all of which are protected species within Britain. The network of lakes also creates a fantastic wetland bird habitat and there's a long list of visiting and breeding birds have been recorded, such as reed bunting, whooper swan, barnacle goose, red-crested pochard, goldeneye, smew and little egret. Other sightings have included herring gull, goosander, teal, gadwall and mute swan (many of these important bird records are all thanks to local bird expert Ben Carpenter).
It’s not just about birds and bats either - interesting plant life has been spotted including the beautiful bee orchid and white helleborine, which is locally scarce.
This can all be seen as evidence of the true wildlife value of Thrupp Lake, and thanks to the help of our supporters, that wildlife value is only set to increase. Volunteers play a crucial role in carrying out a lot of the work on site, find out more about volunteering with us.