Meet Lindsey Greet, West Devon Countryside Warden

Hi all,

My name is Lindsey Greet, West Devon Countryside Warden for South West Lakes Trust. I am mainly based at Burrator but also look after Lopwell, Venford, Avon Dam, Butterbrook and a section of Tavistock Canal. Whilst all the other sites are scenic and I love looking after them, there is just something that little bit special about Burrator and it is by far the most stunning ‘office’ I’ve ever had.

So, it’s been a very busy time here – we had a huge number of visitors to the site over the bank holidays and the weather just about behaved itself…well, for Dartmoor anyway! The new dam toilets were open in time for the half-term holidays and we have had really positive reviews.

I and a raft of volunteers recently planted a new hedge above the Quarry car park. The idea behind this hedge (well, that’s the long term plan – it’s a little more than two rows of sticks at the moment) is to provide a natural barrier to the newly-exposed quarry face – this work has been carried out to show off the unique geology at the quarry which is a SSSI. The clearing of the gorse and other vegetation left the top-edge of the quarry exposed, the trees will provide a ‘safety barrier’ that should collect any wayward cyclists and be in keeping with the environment. The trees are beginning to grow and in fact our main problem has been keeping the ponies from filling their bellies on the fresh new shoots…

The fishing is really cracking on, with the warmer weather bringing the flies to the water which is providing excellent feeding for the trout. And no doubt some of you are providing excellent feeding for the midges!

The winter works programme has been finished around the site with a focus now passing to general maintenance and other conservation tasks. We had our first bat box survey the other weekend – hopefully you managed to catch the video of our Batty Boss Neil with a Go Pro on, if not then check out our Facebook page it’s well worth a watch. Our regular Monday and Tuesday volunteers also created our own little waterfall to catch the water run-off from the road and direct it away from the lower lawn at the Discovery Centre – it looks great and is working an absolute treat. Given the propensity for the heavens to open, the waterfall will help significantly in trying to prevent the lawn from flooding.

So that’s a little bit about what’s been going on around Burrator. I’ll leave you with a cryptic clue about something exciting South West Lakes Trust (and Burrator in particular) is going to be involved in soon – let’s just say it’s due to get ’otter in June…

Look forward to seeing you all around the site soon!

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