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Love your Lakes Photo Competition 2018

After the huge success of last year’s ‘Love your Lakes’ photo competition South West Lakes Trust and South West Water have decided to hold it again this year. The competition, now in its sixth year, is to encourage people of all ages to make the most of the fantastic photo opportunities at their lakes across…

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11th May 2018

Cuckoo flower / Lady’s smock – Cardamine Pratensis

Lady’s smock is one of the earlier wildflowers to carpet our meadows in the South West, and one I always look forward to seeing after the long winter months. The flowers can vary from pale lilac or pink to almost white, and the slender upright leaves can have a distinct blue tinge to them –…

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8th May 2018

Orb weaver spider – Araneidae

The spider web has to be one of natures most impressive miracles of engineering. I would have walked right by this orb weaver spider (it was exceptionally well camoflauged against the wooden post)… if I hadn’t walked straight into its sticky web! Amazingly, juvenile orb weaver spiders begin life producing perfectly regular, symmetric webs, but…

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8th May 2018

Going Batty at Siblyback

On Sunday 15 April South West Lakes Trust and Cornwall Bat Group held their first ever Family Bat Box Building event at Siblyback Lake. A group of around 30 people braved the wind and rain to huddle under a gazebo to try and make 50 bat boxes for the site. Nigel Tomkinson, Senior Countryside Warden…

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24th April 2018

5 Interesting facts about Wistlandpound Reservoir

Wistlandpound Reservoir was completed in 1956 When full Wistlandpound Reservoir has a capacity of 1,550 mega litres The Reservoir supplies fresh drinking water to Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple When water levels are low you may see part of the Lynton and Barnstaple railway which ran through the valley before it was flooded The Calvert…

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24th April 2018