What are Lakes and Reservoirs?

Lakes and reservoirs are often referred to as standing waters and encompass a wide range of types and sizes. These range from man made waters such as ponds, gravel pits, slow moving canals, and reservoirs to natural systems such as pools, meres and very large natural lakes. Ditches with open water for at least the major part of the year, are also included in this category.

Lakes and reservoirs play an important role in amenity use and nature conservation.

This Information page describes the characteristics of Lakes and Reservoirs and their uses under the following headings:


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