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Become a Friend of South West Lakes

Support our work and make the most of your visits to the lakes by becoming a Friend of South West Lakes.


Author: Lisa Tame

Things to do at home

We know how important play is for children (and adults), especially when we are all at home. Here are some suggestions for activities that provide a bit of fun, time well-spent together, and ideas to get moving about in your garden.


Author: Annabel Underwood

Have you fallen in love with a lake?

Find out more about the lakes in the south west, plan a visit or support our work



Our Impact in 2018


miles of footpaths and cycle ways 


people took part in environmental based activities 


activity sessions contributing to the health and well-being of our visitors 


hectares of land and water cared for

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Latest news

  • 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

  • The creation of Kerdroya

    Kerdroya is now taking shape by Colliford Lake on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The Golden Tree project was launched to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 2019, and will be the largest classical labyrinth Read more

Upcoming events

  • Bug Hotel Volunteering Event at Siblyback

    A chance to join our new Conservation Crew at Siblyback and help us build a giant Bug Hotel in the proposed education area. Read more

  • Bird Hide Volunteering Event at Roadford

    Join us for our first ever Conservation Crew Day(s) at Roadford  to help our Ranger Team repair the damaged bird hide. Read more

  • South West Invasive Species Forum

    South West Lakes Trust and South West Water are hosting the South West Invasive Species Forum on Thursday 27 May, 10.00 – 13.30, with Forum members from across the South West region coming together, digitally, for a morning of talks and regional updates. This event is suitable for anyone working in the environment. Read more