Natural Environment Programme

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
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South West Lakes Trust and South West Water SSSI Programme

  Regional charity South West Lakes Trust have recently employed a Natural Environment Officer to take the lead on a joint South West Lakes Trust and South West Water programme focussing on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The key objective of James’ role is to maintain or change the existing condition of the important…

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5th December 2016

Unearthing the past at Burrator Quarries this winter

  This winter conservation works with machinery will get underway at Burrator Quarries Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in order to improve the visibility of the rock face. The site, which is used as a car park, is designated as a SSSI for its nationally important geological features, including the rare exposures of the…

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29th November 2016