This wild and rugged reserve sits in the eastern arm of Colliford Reservoir, Cornwall’s largest inland waterbody, and holds some real moorland specialities.

Loveny Reserve is situated in the northern part of the eastern arm of Colliford Reservoir, owned by South
West Water. The reserve itself is managed jointly by Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall Birds on an annual lease from South West Lakes Trust.

Access to the hide is currently suspended due to concerns over safety with regards cattle on the land. We hope to resolve this issue shortly.

There are several distinct habitats within the reserve: original moorland, abandoned semi-improved pasture, marshy inlets with feeder streams lined with willow carr, an island meadow bordered by an excavated moat, islets of floating peat and a variable shoreline.


Reasonable passage of warblers and hirundines.


Breeding birds include Great Crested Grebe, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gull
(the only significant colony west of Dorset) and Reed Bunting. Mid-summer also sees the accumulation of over 2,000 moulting Canada Geese (the fourth largest gathering in the UK) and in late summer thousands of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a few Yellow-legged Gulls roost in the reserve.


Steady passage of waders including Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Greenshank and Little Stint.


Wildfowl,such as Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Pochard and Goldeneye are present in varying numbers together with the occassional Smew, Lesser Scaup and Black Duck. Golden Plover flocks can exceed 4,000 with smaller numbers of Lapwing and Snipe. Buzzard, Merlin and Peregrine are usually present with odd sightings of
Short-eared Owl and Hen Harrier.


Rarities over the year have included Pectoral Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Stone Curlew, Corncrake, Bluethroat and Aquatic Warbler.