Twitchers attracted back to Surbiton Lagoon

Thames Water announces Hogsmill Treament Works wildlife improvements.

A new lagoon will be created at Thames Water’s Hogsmill Sewage Treatment Works later this year and next year a new ‘walk and learn trail’ and a resource room for local schools will be developed .

Steve Shine, Chief Operating Officer for Thames Water said, "It is very important to us that we take an active role in improving the environment for the communities that we serve so we’re extremely pleased that work to improve the Lagoon is beginning."

Tony Quinn, from the Surbiton and District Bird Watching Society said, "In the past, species such as Redshank and Lapwing have also bred here and visitors have included Richard’s Pipit from Asia and Sardinian Warbler from southern Europe."

This week, soil left over from construction work at the sewage works will be recycled to reshape the lagoon and will be transported in lorries along Lower Marsh Lane to the lagoon opposite.


That's a shame, I came to this page from google because the words 'surbiton' and 'lagoon' are on this page - I was NOT expecting discussion of sewage treatment!

I still miss the old Surbiton Lagoon, and am searching for anyone who can confirm whether it was heated or not? I'm SURE it wasn't!

moderated by CryptaVault

Dear Anonymous,
Having swam at Surbiton Lagoon during the 50's & 60's I can confirm that it was an unheated pool. I have spent many a happy school holiday there swimming and playing about with my "gang" of friends freezing my lower portons to the size of peas. When you're a kid you tend not to notice so much.
Pity it's closed, it held some happy memories of my childhood now lost forever. Such a shame.

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