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Loveny Reserve....

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The Loveny Reserve is at the northern end of the eastern finger of Colliford Reservoir at SX185752 and is a stunning moorland habitat. The Reserve is managed jointly by CBWPS and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.  The reservoir is owned by South West Water and South West Lakes Trust. The reserve has either fairly shallow water or mud depending on the water levels; there are islands at times, some with sallows.

Access to the reserve and the hide is from the Bolventor to Dozmary Pool road. Enter through the gate at 
OS SX 191754 and proceed down the concrete track to another gate. Through the gate and southwards along the the inside of the eastern perimeter fence for about 400m. leads to the hide at OS SX 186750. Please ensure that you shut all the gates behind you.

Much of the reserve can also be scanned using a scope from the Bolventor Dozmary  road.

The view of the reserve from the hide

Wildfowl use the reserve and reservoir in winter and among those present there are likely to be Pochard, Wigeon, Goldeneye and in cold weather Smew. Golden Plover, Lapwing and Snipe are regular in the area and raptors include Peregrine, Merlin and Buzzard. In some years Short-eared Owls and Hen Harriers winter.

Sand Martins, hirundines, warblers and Black Terns can all be found on spring passage.

Breeding birds include Great Crested Grebe, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Black-headed Gull, Cuckoo, Whinchat and Reed Bunting. In late summer and early autumn large numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls roost overnight on the reserve.

Common and Green Sandpipers start a steady flow of autumn waders that will in most years include Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Little Stint.

Pectoral Sandpiper, Stone Curlew, phalaropes, Montaguís and Marsh Harrier, Bluethroat, Corncrake and skuas are a few of the rarer species that have occurred at the site.

Warden and C.B.W.P.S. contact:-

Dave Conway, Tregenna, Cooksland, Bodmin. (01208 77686).

WeBS count.

Every month for the last 20 years Dave Conway, the Loveny warden, has carried out a WeBS count (Wetland Bird Survey www.bto.org/webs/about/history.htm ) of this part of Bodmin Moor. This involves a three hour transect of Colliford Lake, Loveny Reserve and Dozmary Pool recording all the wildlife seen.

Some sample results are shown below

Nov. 22nd 2009 count is shown below.

1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Great Cormorants, 40 Canada Geese, 9 teal, 9 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 11 Coot, 84 Lapwing, 124 Golden Plover, 1 Common Snipe, 85 Black Headed Gull, 193 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 2, greater Black Backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull,5 Buzzard, 9 Raven,43 Carrion Crow, 18 Jackdaw, 4 Magpie, 84 Starlings, 7 Blackbird, 9 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Meadow Pipits, 4 Dunnock, 11 Wren, 7 House Sparrow, 1 Red Deer female, 3 Rabbits.

Dec 21st. 2009

Dozmary pool was frozen and the main reservoir had ice on the edges.
2 Little grebe, 5 Cormorants, 31 Canada geese, 3 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 4 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 16 Coot, 60 Golden Plover, 13 Lapwing, 17 Snipe, 249 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 merlin, 6 Raven, 21 Carrion Crow, 8 Jackdaw, 10 Magpie, 1 Stock Dove, 39 Fieldfare, 225 Redwing, 8 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 13 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 6 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtails, 6 Long Tail Tits, 330 Starlings.

Jan. 11th 2010

1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorants, 99 Canada geese,  11 Teal, 19 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 16 Lapwing, 38 Black Headed Gull, 112 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 3 Greater Black Backed Gull, 6 Buzzard,  6 Raven, 38 Carrion Crow, 74 Jackdaw, 4 Magpie, 400 Starling, 11 Stock Dove, 8 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 4 Skylark, 1 Robin, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet, 2 Dunnock, 6 House Sparrow, 1 Pied Wagtails, 7 Rabbits.

Feb. 21st 2010

5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron ,74 Canada geese,  15 Teal, 11 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 3 Shoveler (all male),35 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Lesser Scaup (male), 10 Coot, 57 Golden Plover, 73 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Black Headed Gull, 86 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 2 Greater Black Backed Gull, 4 Buzzard,  1 Kestrel, 5 Raven, 24 Carrion Crow, 27 Jackdaw, 8 Magpie, 160 Starling, 1 Stock Dove, 7 Blackbird, 24 Fieldfare, 24 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Skylark, 5 Robin, 27 Chaffinch, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 2, Great Tit,  4 Dunnock, 16 House Sparrow, 1 Pied Wagtails, 7 Rabbits.