Twitching the Long-tailed Skua

12 September 2006 (revised 25 November 2009) | Marek Walford

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I've had a lot of emails asking about access to Queen Mother Reservoir. To save me sending the same email over and over I've written this article so I have something to point people at. The main points are:

How to get a permit

Permits are available from The Wardens Lodge, Thames Water Utilities, Cumnor Road, Farmoor, Oxon, OX2 9NS by sending a SAE and a cheque for £10 made payable to "Thames Water Utilities".


From M4 junction 5 take the third exit off the roundabout onto the A4. After about 150ft at the traffic lights when the road forks take the right fork onto Bath Road. Follow the road and after about 300ft the entrance to the sailing club is on the right.