This view is taken from the kingfisher hide which was built in 2003. The lakes are approximately 70 years old, having been formed due to gravel extraction. In the 1930's local company Robert Brett and Sons quarried the gravel in the riverside location, leaving islands of 'callow' (unwanted surface material). The islands provide extra cover for a variety of animal and plant life on the reserve, boosting its biodiversity. Over the last 70 years animal and plant life has slowly colonised the lakes and adjacent land to give rich wetland and woodland habitats. The reserve is managed by the Canterbury Broad Oak Environmental Education Centre. The lakes are renowned for the size of their fish, with the then UK record (15 kg in 1959) for a pike being recorded here.
Broad Oak Nature Reserve (Lakes)
(Vauxhall Lakes)