Lonsdale Road Reservoir

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Lonsdale Road Reservoir or Leg of Mutton Reservoir or Leg o' Mutton Reservoir is a disused reservoir in Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is an 8.2 hectare Local Nature Reserve and Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1, owned and managed by Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council.[1][2][3]


The reservoir was built in 1838 and decommissioned in 1960.[4] Developers proposed to build housing and a shopping centre on the site, but this was strongly opposed by local residents. They suggested that it should become a nature reserve instead, and their proposal was accepted.[5] The Council purchased the area from Thames Water in 1970 and in 1990 it was designated a Local Nature Reserve.[4]


Breeding birds include pochards, which are nationally scarce, mute swans, great crested grebe and grey herons. There are many more waterfowl in the winter. The site is also important for bats, and amphibians include the protected great crested newt. Aquatic plants include bogbean and frogbit, both of which are rare in London.[3]


There is a mile-long perimeter path round the reservoir, which can be accessed from the Thames Path, Ferry Lane and Lonsdale Road.


  1. ^ "Lonsdale Road Reservoir (Leg of Mutton Reservoir)". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map of Lonsdale Road Reservoir (Leg of Mutton Reservoir)". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Leg o'Mutton". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Notice on the site
  5. ^ Holloway, Sally (March–April 2006). "Saving the Leg o’ Mutton". Barnes in Common. Churches Together in Barnes. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°28′57″N 0°14′50″W / 51.4824°N 0.2473°W / 51.4824; -0.2473