Our Partners

Our Partners

We wouldn’t achieve nearly so much as we do if we didn’t work in partnership with others throughout the south-west. Together we are working on many initiatives and projects, such as Upstream Thinking (with Cornwall Wildlife Trust) in the Fal Catchment – benefitting the reservoirs of Argal and College and the Moor than Meets the Eye project on Dartmoor (with Dartmoor National Park) where a new, fully accessible path has been built at Fernworthy Reservoir. The Discover Wistlandpound project in North Devon has demonstrated how three organisations – ourselves, Calvert Trust Exmoor and the Forestry Commission – can collaborate for the benefit of the environment and the public.

Partnership working in the Fal Catchment

Over the past year, we have been working on a very exciting catchment scale conservation project around College and Argal reservoirs near Penryn in Cornwall. Upstream Thinking is a five year programme funded by South West Water and is being delivered across the whole region. The Fal Catchment project is being delivered by South West Lakes Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) and has two main aims:

1. Farm advisors, ecologists and water quality scientists from CWT work with landowners in the catchment to help them improve their practices, with the goal of reducing the run off of harmful chemicals and fertilisers into the reservoirs.

2. The other aspect of the project involves our volunteer groups (led by our Countryside Warden, Beth Heasman) visiting different sites around the catchment to undertake conservation and habitat management tasks to improve the sites for wildlife. We have worked on a wide variety of tasks over this first year including scrub clearance, bracken management, hedging, invasive species removal and building habitat boxes. Volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds have really enjoyed being part of a new and interesting project, with the opportunities to visit different sites and learn new skills.

It will be very exciting to continue this partnership working with Cornwall Wildlife Trust – a landscape level approach to water management and conservation will not only make a real difference to the water quality in the lakes, biodiversity and agricultural sustainability, but also has positive knock on effects for wildlife, fisheries and the enjoyment of visitors to our sites.

The organisations below are just some of our key delivery partners: