We believe engaging with the natural environment enables people to grow

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.


Author: Lisa Tame

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.



Have you fallen in love with a lake?

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



Our Impact in 2020


people enjoyed our nature activities & events 


volunteer hours generously given


people got on the water and went fishing 


young people benefitted from our NCS programme

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Latest news

  • Wonderful water and wildlife: families enjoy a day of outdoor activities at the lakes

    We recently held two Family Activity Days at Burrator Reservoir and Longham Lakes: a first for Longham, and the first for Burrator since February 2020! Read more

  • Mobile Catering Licence Opportunity at Wistlandpound

    Looking to serve a brew with a view? Fancy selling cake by a lake? What about a cream tea to die for on the hills of Exmoor? We have a perfect spot on the banks of Wistlandpound Reservoir for a mobile catering licence to set up this year Read more

  • Vital biosecurity work is successful across the south west

    South West Lakes and South West Water have recently been awarded an accreditation for excellence in biosecurity at many of their lakes through the AQUA (Aquatic Quality Award) Biosecurity Accreditation Pilot Scheme. Part of the EU LIFE funded RAPID (Reducing and Preventing INNS Dispersal) LIFE project, AQUA is designed to help prevent the spread of invasive non-native species. Read more