A tranquil area for people and wildlife
OPT was bequeathed the lakes by Mr Viv Kirk which had been in the Kirk family for two generations. Until his last days, Mr Kirk would be seen walking across Port Meadow each day coming from his house in Jericho to spend the day where he most felt at home amongst the trees, birds, his beloved traction engines and his fishing. In the past, a house on stilts had stood on the site which, at times of flooding, could only be reached by punt.
Over the years the safety of the collection of historic traction engines and other machinery meant that the site had been locked, gated and barred behind high fencing which made the lakes invisible from the road so that many people were unaware of their existence.
In 2012 OPT began work to improve and open up the site and views of it, and to encourage biodiversity, with thanks to funding from Grantscape and the support of BBOWT.
In 2015 the lakes received a national award for the work from the Canal and River Trust. Today the area is a nature reserve, open every day for everyone to enjoy.
Fishing is not currently permitted at Wolvercote Lakes.
For more information about fishing rights, please contact the Wolvercote Lakes Fishing Group at WLFG2014@gmail.com