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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

  • Burrator Biodiversity Project

    We have recently appointed Deborah Deveney as our new Biodiversity Officer to deliver an exciting new project focussed around the wider Burrator Catchment. Read more

  • Dormouse Monitoring Continues at South West Lakes

    During these uncertain times, it seems that nature really is thriving, with many stories of it reclaiming public spaces during lockdown being shared across the world. South West Lakes Trust’s conservation work is still in full swing with the first dormouse surveys of the year taking place last month. The Trust started this monitoring programme in 2005 with at least two surveys each year, one in May and one in September. Read more

  • Hunt for reservoir photos and memorabilia

    Do you have photos that show how the different areas looked before the reservoirs were built? Or, do you have any stories or memories of living in the area at that time that you would be willing to share? Read more