Natural Environment Programme

Dormice at Trenchford Reservoir

The hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) is a rare and protected mammal native to the UK. This adorable animal has become locally extinct in some places throughout the UK as populations have plummeted. The destruction of suitable habitats has been the leading reason for this decline, but we are fortunate to have dormice present at some…

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4th December 2018

Butterfly and Moth Search Day at Crowdy Reservoir

During late summer and officially in September 2018, I started at South West Lakes Trust (SWLT) as the new ecologist. I started volunteering for the Trust in 2016 when I did my university placement at Burrator. In my new role, I will be involved with the ongoing Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) project and…

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2nd October 2018

Bird Habitat Created at Crowdy Reservoir

During the autumn and winter the grassy banks of Crowdy can attract flocks of Lapwing and Golden Plover, while Goosander, Teal and Great Northern Diver can be seen on the open water. Snipe, Curlew and Lapwing were all occasional nesting birds at Crowdy in the past, although in recent years, and in parallel with the…

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5th March 2018

Crowdy Marsh Project Highly Commended at Cornwall Sustainability Awards

We are delighted to announce that our partnership project with the South West Water peatland restoration team, Natural England and GRT Countryside Care was Highly Commended in the ‘Best Contribution to Environmental Growth 2017’ category at this year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards. This award provided firm recognition of our partnership’s achievement in delivering peatland restoration at…

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15th December 2017

A thriving habitat for wildlife at Countess Wear

Sandwiched between the River Exe to the north and the Exeter ship canal to the south and adjacent to South West Waters treatment works at Countess Wear in Exeter, lies two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The SSSI furthest east is a publicly accessible nature reserve looked after by Devon Wildlife Trust that is…

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14th November 2017