Grafham Water


Grafham Water

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location = Cambridgeshire
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type = reservoir
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Grafham Water (gbmaprim|TL150680|TL 150 680) is a reservoir with a circumference of about convert|10|mi|km. It is located between the villages of Grafham and Perry in the English county of Cambridgeshire (Huntingdonshire District).

The water is retained by an earth dam built in 1965 and is extracted and processed at an adjacent Anglian Water treatment plant before being piped away as drinking water.

The reservoir was immediately colonised by wildlife and a nature reserve surrounding the western side of the reservoir was soon created to help maintain and enhance the site's potential. [ [http://www.wildlifebcnp.org/reserves/reserve.php?reserveid=49 Wildlife Trust: Grafham Water] ] The nature reserve contains semi-natural ancient (at least 400 years old) woodlands and more recent plantation woodlands, grasslands and wetland habitats such as reedbeds, willow and open water. [citebook|title=Contested Environments|author= Nick Bingham, Andrew Blowers, Christopher Belshaw|year=2003|publisher=John Wiley and Sons|url= http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0470850000&id=88WLT_oPLdcC&pg=PA139&lpg=PA139&ots=oBAcPuDIsi&dq=%22Grafham+Water%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html&sig=ZYqz1GXLvhD4gdN4lJ7AAoMQMCs|id=ISBN 0470850000]

Grafham water is popular for a range of leisure activities including boating and fly fishing.

References

External links

Nature Reserve & Wildlife
* [http://www.wildlifebcnp.org/reserves/reserve.php?reserveid=49 Wildlife Trust Reserve]
* [http://www.indybirder.com Birds]

Activities at Grafham Water
* [http://www.anglianwaterleisure.co.uk/index.php?sectionid=68&parentid=49 Anglian Water website]

* [http://www.gwffa-grafham.co.uk/grafham.htm Angling]
* [http://www.grafhamcycling.co.uk/ Cycling]
* [http://www.grafham-water-centre.co.uk/ Sailing, wind-surfing, powerboating]
* [http://www.grafham.org.uk/ Grafham water sailing club]


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