April 2022 – vol. 115, issue 4, pp 237–240 I came late to having a local patch. If you discount my suburban childhood haunts of Shepperton Gravel Pits and Staines Reservoirs, then I didn’t get my own local patch until 1995, when I was in my mid-30s. Even then, I acquired it by accident, when my car broke down. While waiting for the AA to arrive, I wandered into Lonsdale Road Reservoir, by the River Thames in southwest London, and discove... This article is only available to registered users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.