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Become a Friend of South West Lakes

Become a Friend of South West Lakes to support our work caring for the lakes you love, and receive free car parking at all of our lakes for a year. #ItsYourOutdoors, come and explore.

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Why volunteer?

Volunteering can bring a sense of belonging and open up a whole new world. Explore your outdoors while helping the environment and discovering new activities and learning opportunities.

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South West Lakes

Find out more about the lakes in the south west, support our work or plan a visit. #ItsYourOutdoors, come and explore.

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Our Impact in 2020

1,370 

people enjoyed our nature activities & events 

2,000 

volunteer hours generously given

60,000

people got on the water and went fishing 

200 

young people benefitted from our NCS programme

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Latest news

  • Free coarse fishing day at Upper Tamar Lake

    As part of National Fishing Month, we're hosting a free family-friendly event at Upper Tamar Lake on Friday 12 August. If you're a complete novice, find out why coarse fishing has so many people hooked, with plenty on offer for the experienced angler as well! Read more

  • Go wild at Stithians Lake this summer

    Join us at Stithians Lake this summer and try something new at a wild-themed family activity day or on the water. Read more

  • Start of summer successes at the lakes

    Our team and volunteers at South West Lakes have recently been busy with conservation work, including species surveys, producing sustainable charcoal and controlling the spread of invasive and non-native species. Read more

Upcoming events

  • Sticks, Sticks and more Sticks at Stithians Lake

    Join our Environment Rangers at Stithians Lake on Tuesday 9 August to explore the landscape for natural colours and make your own natural paints, make a stick paintbrush, and create some artwork on our communal canvas. Read more

  • Bushcraft Skills at Stithians Lake

    Join our Environment Rangers at Stithians Lake and hone your bushcraft skills by learning how to whittle a feather stick and light a ground fire with a flint and striker. Read more

  • Nature Detectives at Stithians Lake

    Join our Environment Rangers at Stithians Lake on on a voyage of discovery into the wonders of the natural world. Read more