Farmoor Reservoir

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Farmoor Reservoir

Farmoor Reservoir

Farmoor Reservoir is a reservoir at Farmoor, Oxfordshire, England, about 5 miles (8 km) outside the city of Oxford. It is close to the left bank of the River Thames. Like most of the reservoirs in the Thames Valley, it was not formed by damming a valley. In this case the banks were raised above the local ground level using material excavated from within the bowl of the reservoir.

The reservoir is split into Stage 1 (completed 1967, 4,544 million litres) and Stage 2 (completed 1976, 9,298 million litres). Among other locations, Farmoor supplies the large town of Swindon, some 25 miles (40 km) to the southwest. The reservoir is filled from the River Thames.

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The reservoir has recorded many rarities and is a regular spot for winter divers, gebes and other waterbirds.Spring and autumn there are good numbers of passage gulls and terns.Breeding birds include Kingfisher and common Tern which take advantage of specially constructed rafts.Usual large gull roost with regular rarities which have included Bonaparte's Gull pictured.

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