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Conservation special protection zones

In addition to the statutory designations at several of the lakes, many have areas set aside as Special Protection Zones or Nature Reserves. These areas are deemed internally as high quality conservation value and do not have any recreational activities taking place within them with the exception of footpaths for walkers.

The zones vary in size and composition, but the aim is to protect the valuable habitats and species within them.

Site
Location
Area (hectares)  Feature
Argal
Southern end

Semi-natural and planted broadleaved woodland, including areas of rich bryophyte flora, and wet woodland

Burrator
Eastern arm 
14.16 

Wet woodland

College
Whole site
  Wet woodland, willow carr, inundation vegetation, broadleaved plantation, otter, bats
Colliford
Loveney Reserve (Northern half of the eastern arm)
161.88
Original moorland, abandoned semi-improved pasture, marshy inlets with feeder streams lined with willow carr, an island meadow bordered by an excavated moat and a variable shoreline.
Drift
Majority of site
59
Species-rich meadows, wet woodland 
Fernworthy  South eastern arm
Purple-moor grass, meadows, woodland plantation, marsh fritillary
Kennick
Smithacott (North)
0.81
Marsh, damp woodland, rich marginal vegetation, pied flycatcher, otter
Meldon
South western end 
5.79
Dry heathland, island acting as wildlife refuge, Porth Eastern end 24.69 Semi-natural broadleaved wooland, willow carr, swamp, otter
Stithians (2) Northern cut off and southern arm 6 Rough pasture, willow carr, bog and wetland, heathland and the littoral zone, 
Lower Tamar 
Whole site
27.92 Wet woodland, otter
Wimbleball 
Hurscombe Nature Reserve - northern arm
18.62
Purple-moor grass & rush pasture, hedgerows, pearl-bordered fritillary
Wistlandpound 
North eastern arm
1.62
Broadleaved woodland, marginal vegetation, standing water, scrub, otter, willow tit, lichens & mosses

Each year, the Trust produces a written summary of the management and wildlife sightings within each reserve for South West Water.


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