Macrophyte Monitoring

This report details the results of the 2015 Loe Pool boat and grapnel survey, part on an ongoing programme of macrophyte monitoring undertaken on this lake since 1999.   The Loe is currently eutrophic and in unfavourable condition. It fails to meet Natural England’s conservation objectives for the macrophyte community composition, macrophyte community structure and…

A method for increasing the accuracy of flood prediction

Helston periodically experiences flooding, caused by high amounts of surface runoff from the increasingly urbanized catchment flowing into a small and modified channel. Beatrix Webb (Masters student at Camborne School of Mines) spent 2015 investigating whether the geophysical technique of electrical resistivity can be used as a low cost method to improve the accuracy of flood prediction.   The technique…

Congratulations to Cornwall Wildlife Trust for Sustainability Award

Huge congratulations to Cornwall Wildlife Trust for winning ‘Best example of Environmental Growth’ along with Westcountry Rivers Trust for our collaborative ‘Upstream Thinking’ project funded by South West Water. Shortlisted applicants spent the evening at the Headland Hotel in Newquay and were treated to an inspiring talk from environmentalist Jonathon Porritt before the awards were…

New insights into the Loe Bar’s changing geomorphology

Since 2014 Loe Pool Forum have been collaborating with Camborne School of Mines (CSM) on research in and around the Loe Pool. In 2015 Annabel Pardoe submitted her Master’s dissertation on Loe Bar and its changing geomorphology. Annabel’s dissertation was submitted as part of CSM’s Surveying with Land and Environmental Management course. Annabel’s investigation of Loe Bar…

MOD Sanctuary Magazine Article

We featured in the November issue of the MOD’s Sanctuary Magazine! Thanks to Sarah Maiden (Environmental Manager at Kelda Water Services) and Tim Gibb (SHE Advisor at RNAS Culdrose) for writing this article. Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, located in West Cornwall in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, places great importance in its relationships with the local area and community.…

What is the role of land use for downstream pollution and flooding?

Loe Pool Forum’s partnership with Exeter University’s Centre for Geography, Environment and Society has enabled mutually beneficial research opportunities. Geography students are granted data access and assistance on real world catchment problems and Loe Pool Forum benefit from insightful and useful reports. One recent research collaboration has been on the issue of land use and its relationship with downstream…