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Policing at Radley Lakes - A message from PCSO Claire Chavagnon
 
As the Police Community Support Officer for Radley, Kennington and South Hinksey; I am responsible for patrolling the area, tackling community concerns and dealing with low level crimes. I regularly patrol Radley Lakes whilst on duty.

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TOE2 Funding for Thrupp Lake Projects

Thanks to funding from The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment 2 (TOE2), Earth Trust is about to start work on a biodiversity enhancement project at Thrupp Lake.

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Wildlife News

Spring is in the air and I have already seen Long-tailed tits collecting moss to make their impressive 'bottle nests' which have a roof and an entrance hole near the top. These complicated nests are made of moss woven together with spiders webs and camouflaged with lichen. Due to the use of spiders webs, the nest expands as the young grow inside it. They tend to nest at head height in shrubs like hawthorn or bramble. Such brilliant engineering by these amazing little birds which you won't be able to see once bramble and hedgerows are in leaf around the lakes! Just in case you are wondering what the nest looks like here is some footage of one being constructed on britishnaturefilms.com.

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Jo Cartmell
Biodiversity Officer



Coppicing of Thrupp Lake Islands
Rotational coppicing and scrub clearance was carried out on selected Thrupp Lake islands at the beginning of February this year. This is an annual process which started in 2013 and for the past two years it has been paid for by FRL as part of an annual donation towards the management of Thrupp Lake.

Some of the islands have been cleared for Common Terns who nest in colonies out in the open so that they can see and attack predators. If the islands become tree covered, they are unable to nest there. It is important to have a mosaic of habitats around the Radley Lakes areas that will enable many species of birds and other wildlife to breed there. Look out for the Common Terns which will arrive in April.


Dates for your Diaries

Tea at the Lakes
Bank holiday Monday, May 30th.
The walk starts from Abingdon Market place at 2 pm. Tea and cakes will be provided at Thrupp Lake by Sandles from 2 pm for those people who do not wish to join in the walk.

 
Fun in the Parks
Saturday 4th June.
We will have a stall at this event so please come along and say hello.
Header: Orange tip butterfly © Jo Cartmell
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