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Lakes, ponds and wetlands

There are over 130 lakes and ponds across The Windsor Estate, from the largest at Virginia Water, to the small shallow heathland pools in Swinley Forest and Crowthorne Woods.  

Some of the lakes have fringing reeds and sedges and the attractive Yellow flag iris, providing habitat and cover for wildlife. Learn more about these important landscapes and how we conserve them.

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Our work in lakes, ponds and wetlands 

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Dig deeper into the habitats, the wildlife they support and the work we do to preserve them for the benefit of the nation.

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