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 SX186750. 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 gate is padlocked with a combination lock. The code can be found in the Member’s Area
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, Montagu’s and Marsh Harrier, Bluethroat, Corncrake and Skuas are a few of the rarer species that have occurred at the site.
Warden and CBWPS. contact: Dave Conway, Tregenna, Cooksland, Bodmin (01208 77686).