Love your lakes

Love your Lakes

We all enjoy the countryside whether it’s for a walk, bird watching, sailing or enjoying the view. None of this would be possible without the dedicated work of our countryside team and volunteers protecting and enhancing the natural environment. We are always working to protect our valuable flora, fauna and diverse habitats and you can help us by volunteering, becoming a Friend of the Trust or helping to support our work.

We want our visitors to enjoy being outside and to make the most of the natural heritage we have, we want children to understand nature and how important it is to protect it for future generations.

Help us to protect the environment for everyone, Love Your Lakes

New project

We all enjoy the countryside whether it’s for a walk, bird watching, sailing or just enjoying the view. We are working hard to protect our valuable flora, fauna and diverse habitats, and you can help us.

We are fundraising to make improvements to the wetland area between Upper and Lower Tamar Lake near Bude, Cornwall. You can help by volunteering your time to help our team, by becoming a Friend of the Trust or by making a donation. If you are interested in this project or would like to make a donation please contact Ben Smeeth or Lisa Tame on 01566 771930 or email


Current project

Our Natural Environment Project supported by South West Water aims to ensure that our Sites of Special Scientific Interest are in a favourable condition by 2020.

We are doing this by surveying the habitats and species, writing plans to improve or maintain the site and working with volunteers and contractors to carry out our plans and monitoring their impact.

We secured additional funding from Natural England to carry our major restoration works on Crowdy Marsh in North Cornwall; our largest SSSI site. This work involved blocking the peat ditches to allow the marsh to hold water for a longer period. This will benefit wildlife, reduce peat erosion, enable further peat formation and increase carbon storage. You can read more about this project here.


Our Trustee champion says

“Our  environment is vital to our very existence-  the water so essential to all forms of life, the air we breathe, the trees and plants which provide food and shelter and the landscape we treasure. I want the Trust to protect and enhance the lakes and land in its care so that future generations can enjoy  visits to a countryside rich in wildlife.”
Dinah Nichols

Hazel Dormouse

For over ten years we have worked with volunteers to manage habitats and survey dormouse nest boxes twice a year as part of the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme. Over the years we have seen increases and decreases in populations mainly mirroring the national scene. Dormouse boxes robust enough to withstand the elements for a number of years cost around £10 each, and we need to provide a minimum of 100 for the locations where we survey every 4-5 years. This work has been funded through donations from individuals and car park fees.

Dormouse surveying is licensed activity through Natural England and we are lucky to have worked with the same licence holder since we started surveying meaning that we have a great understanding on an annual basis but more importantly have built up a picture of over ten years.