Wildlife & Ecology

Site of Special Scientific Interest

In 1986 Loe Pool was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of being one of the countries most ecologically important, spectacular and beautiful habitats. SSSI designation empowers Natural England to protect Loe Pool in order to support plants and animals that find it difficult to survive in the wider countryside.

Macrophyte Survey

Successful lake rehabilitation relies on the re-establishment of Macrophytes which provide habitat for fish and in invertebrates.

Cornish Sandhill Rustic Moth

The Cornish Sandhill Rustic Moth was first discovered in 1974 and has only ever been found at Loe Bar. Adrian Spalding is the leading biologists studying the Moth at Loe Bar.

Alage

Hydrodictyon Reticulatum was one type of alage which plagued Loe Pool when it suffered under eutrophic conditions.

Hydrological Study of Loe Valley

In order to guide the future management of Loe valley Carr the National Trust commissioned a hydrological study. Report makes recommendations on the flood risk associated with reconnecting the Willow Carr flood plain with the channelised Cober.

Fisheries Survey

The National Trust commissioned ECON Ecological Consultancy to develop a fish management plan to assist in conserving Loe Pool. The goal of the work was ‘to assess the role of the fish community in Loe Pool’s current condition and to propose any further action required with respect to the fish community’.