Natural Environment Programme

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

Crowdy Marsh Restored for Wildlife

Crowdy Marsh, a South West Water reservoir site, managed by regional charity South West Lakes Trust, provides a vitally important refuge for a range of wildlife including birds, dragonflies, butterflies and a diverse assemblage of plants including Butterwort and Bogbean. The wet conditions, alongside the seasonal cattle grazing by the Davidstow Moor Commoners Association, provides…

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23rd March 2017

Unearthing the past at Burrator Quarries

Geological heritage conservation work is underway at Burrator Quarries Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) thanks to the joint South West Water and South West Lakes Trust SSSI project. This conservation work will improve the visibility of important contacts between the Dartmoor granite and Devonian country rocks by removing overgrown gorse and Ivy. This will…

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13th February 2017