Eyebrook Reservoir

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Eyebrook Reservoir
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Eyebrook Reservoir, East Midlands, England-7Feb2007.jpg
Ice on the water in winter
Area of SearchLeicestershire
Rutland
Grid referenceSP 852 955 [1]
InterestBiological
Area201.3 hectares[1]
Notification201.3[1]
Location mapMagic Map

Eyebrook Reservoir (or Eye Brook Reservoir) is a 201.3-hectare (497-acre) reservoir and biological Site of Special Scientific Interest which straddles the border between Leicestershire and Rutland, and is between Corby and Uppingham.[1][2]

The reservoir was formed by the damming of the Eye Brook, it was built between 1937 and 1940 by Stewarts & Lloyds (supervised by Geoffrey Binnie of Binnie & Partners)[3][4] to supply water to their Corby steel works, now part of Tata Steel, formerly Corus.[5] During the Second World War it was used in May 1943 as a practice site for the Dambuster raids, standing in for the Möhne Reservoir; a plaque commemorates this.[5][6][7]

The reservoir is an important site for wintering wildfowl, such as wigeon, teal, mallard and pochard. Other habitats are marsh, mudflats, grassland, broad-leaved woodland and plantations.[8]

There is no public access to the reservoir, which is reserved for a trout fishery,[9] but it can be viewed from a public footpath which runs along part of the eastern side.[2]

References[edit]

View towards Stoke Dry
  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Eye Brook Reservoir". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Map of Eye Brook Reservoir". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ Muir Wood, Sir Alan (1990). Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society: Geoffrey Morse Binnie (13 November 1908 - 5 April 1989). London: Royal Society. pp. 45–57.
  4. ^ "Eyebrook Reservoir". Domesday Reloaded. BBC. 1986. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Video: Flypast marks 70 years since Dambuster Raids". Harborough Mail. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  6. ^ Arquati, Richard (16 May 2013). "Air Tattoo to Salute Dambusters". Press releases. Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Operation Chastise". Bomber command. Royal Air Force. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Eye Brook Reservoi citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Eyebrook Trout Fishery". Rutland Gillies. Retrieved 12 September 2017.

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Coordinates: 52°33′04″N 0°44′42″W / 52.551°N 0.745°W / 52.551; -0.745