Tipner Lake

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Tipner Lake viewed from Portsdown Hill
The Jack Star sculpture The jack star tipner lake2.JPG
The Jack Star sculpture

Tipner Lake forms the north eastern section of Portsmouth Harbour. It is not an actual lake, but the reclamation of land north of Horsea Island and the building of the M275 motorway in the early 1970s, which passes over a bridge to the west of the lake, can give the impression the body of water is no longer connected to the harbour. The lake is also connected to Portsbridge Creek.

Portsmouth Harbour natural harbour in Hampshire, England

Portsmouth Harbour is a large natural harbour in Hampshire, England. Geographically it is a ria: formerly it was the valley of a stream flowing from Portsdown into the Solent. The city of Portsmouth lies to the east on Portsea Island, and Gosport to the west on the mainland. At its north end is Portchester Castle, of Roman origin and the first fortress built to protect the harbour.

Lake A body of relatively still water, in a basin surrounded by land

A lake is an area filled with water, localized in a basin, surrounded by land, apart from any river or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake. Lakes lie on land and are not part of the ocean, and therefore are distinct from lagoons, and are also larger and deeper than ponds, though there are no official or scientific definitions. Lakes can be contrasted with rivers or streams, which are usually flowing. Most lakes are fed and drained by rivers and streams.

Horsea Island

Horsea Island was an island located off the northern shore of Portsmouth Harbour, England; gradually subsumed by reclamation, it is now connected to the mainland. Horsea falls within the city of Portsmouth and was wholly owned by the Ministry of Defence as part of the shore establishment HMS Excellent, which maintains its headquarters on Whale Island.

Much of the lake is a site of special scientific interest as well as being a Ramsar wetland of international importance. [1] The site also falls within the Portsmouth Harbour special protection area. [1]

Ramsar Convention international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. It is also known as the Convention on Wetlands. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971.

Moves to reclaim the land to provide extra space for the expansion of Portsmouth were rejected in the early 1990s on environmental grounds.

The lake is home to the Richard Farrington "Jack Star" sculpture which was installed in late 2000. [2]

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Tipner is a residential district of Portsmouth, located on the north western corner of Portsea Island in southern England. It includes a housing estate, built during the 1930s, that used to function as married quarters for the Royal Navy, a yachting club, allotments, a primary school, The Harbour special school, and indoor and outdoor rifle ranges. There is a nearby sports centre at Alexandra Park. Tipner is bounded to the north and west by the M275 motorway and Tipner Lake. To the south is Stamshaw.


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Portsbridge Creek

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Lumps Fort

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  1. 1 2 "Student Information Sheet Tipner" (PDF). Portsmouth City Council Planning Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  2. "Portsmouth Gateway Project information sheet" (PDF). Portsmouth City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2010.

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Coordinates: 50°49′54″N1°05′03″W / 50.8316°N 1.0842°W / 50.8316; -1.0842

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