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Eynsham Parish Council

Abbey Fishponds

Abbey Fishponds

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Eynsham Abbey Fishponds: map © Paul Hughes showing 10 years of consolidation / progress / improvements

The Abbey Fishponds are the only remnants of this great foundation to survive in their original setting. They were created in 1217, by diverting the road and stream (and incidentally much enlarging the Abbey precinct). Access from Station Road: see location map.

When the Parish Council took over responsibility in 2004, the area was un-managed and fairly inaccessible. Surveys were commissioned with a grant from Awards for All, to establish what was there and what improvements could be made (the reports are linked from the foot of this page). A three stage management plan, based on their recommendations, has been followed with some alterations due to circumstances over the period - much of the work being done by volunteers from school and youth groups and local residents, to whom we are extremely grateful.

Ten years on, with grants from Cottsway Housing, Oxfordshire County Council, Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment and West Oxfordshire District Council, we have re-commissioned the surveys (see below). They will form the basis of a management plan for the next ten years.


Related Documents
06/12/2015 Work Schedule 2015-16
01/04/2015 Abbey Fish Ponds Proposed Management Plan 2015-2025
01/02/2015 Landscape, Visual and Access Review
01/01/2015 Fishponds Bird Count 2014
01/12/2014 Plant and Aquatic Invertebrate Survey
01/11/2014 Invertebrate Survey 2014
01/09/2014 Botanical Survey 2014
15/08/2013 Abbey Fishponds Proposed Wheelchair Route
27/03/2012 Abbey Fishponds Location Map
01/10/2006 Proposed Dredging Works
map and notes on Phase 3 of the Fishponds Management Plan
01/01/2005 Bat Surveys
report by Oxfordshire Bat Group covering May-August 2004
01/01/2005 Ecological Survey
by the Ponds Conservation Trust - samples taken in May and July 2004
01/01/2005 Fishponds Bird Survey
short report by Ray Edwards on monthly visits to Eynsham Fishponds in 2004
01/10/2004 Abbey Fishponds Proposed Management Strategy
joint report by the Play Area Committee with Eynsham History Group and Wychwood Project
01/10/2004 Archaeological Appraisal
by Keevill Heritage Consultancy - also covers history and future management
01/09/2004 Botanical Survey
by Cotswold Rare Plants Group
01/07/2004 Small mammal trapping
report by Oxford Brookes University
01/01/2004 Landscape and Visual Assessment
by the Wychwood Project
03/01/1992 The Fishponds of Eynsham Abbey
archaeological report by James Bond
01/09/1991 Higher Plants
report by BBONT Environmental Services
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