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Conservation Burrator historic and natural environment

Burrator Reservoir sits on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. It is just 12 miles from Plymouth and 8 miles from Tavistock. The reservoir is a popular destination for local residents and visitors alike due to the stunning scenery, access to the moor and for its peace and tranquillity.

The Burrator Historic and Natural Environment Project began back in 2011 and has enabled the protection of 150 historic features; mine adits, potato caves, hut circles and farm remains will all benefit in the short and long term through interpretation and conservation work. Alongside this we have been able to add a level of protection to key conservation and biodiversity sites within the Burrator forest.


Other key elements of the project include the construction of an education centre (in the restored Iron Store), the restoration of existing paths to create an easy access trail at the Arboretum, the consolidation of two historic buildings, habitat protection, community involvement, volunteering opportunities, a varied events programme and huge improvements to site access and interpretation.


The Burrator Discovery Centre holds a unique display of the history of the area, along with information, walk leaflets and activities. Alongside this it also hosts a variety of evening talks, monthly family wildlife watch sessions, provides work experience placements, delivers school visits around a wide range of subject areas and co-ordinates rural skills training days.  The Centre also has a classroom available to hire which is an excellent location for training courses, events and workshops. Please feel free to stop by or get in touch if you have any further questions.


We are also on the lookout for anyone who might be able to volunteer some of their time to work at the Centre. If you enjoy the area, like talking to people and can spare a few hours a week, we would love to hear from you. No experience necessary, all training provided and travel expenses covered.


Our thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, South West Water, Biffa Award, Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund and West Devon Borough Council for enabling us to make this project a reality.


For more information about the project and activities at Burrator please call 01822 855700 or email

Before and After....

Discovery Centre
Easy Access Footpath
Before and after - Burrator
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