Created by Torbay Council in the early 1980’s Clennon Valley Lakes providing a nature reserve for wildlife but equally a place for the local community to use and enjoy. The nature reserve areas were fenced, planted with saplings. Paths and benches around the lakes provided a place for people to stroll and enjoy the area and its wildlife. Some management was carried out initially by the council and a few local volunteers. With the exception of emergency work and clearing of watercourses little or no environmental management had taken place since between 1990-2014.
The lakes and immediate surrounding area are a designated County Wildlife Site a survey as recently as 2011 confirmed this status. Sadly the lack of proper management has seen the lakes dramatically silting up and gradually turning back to scrub and woodland with its footpaths being almost unusable during the winter. There was a real risk the lakes would disappear, a very important part of this pocket nature reserve lost. A group of regular walkers and wildlife enthusiasts recognised that something needed to be done so in 2014 Friends of Clennon Lakes was formed.
The work carried out by the Friends of Clennon Lakes will be determined by the number of people volunteering to help. This will include scrub clearance both on land and in water, path improvements and maintenance, enhancing wildlife opportunities, some tree felling and eventually even major silt dredging. The lakes could once again be a thriving wildlife haven, great place to walk and even provide a valuable educational resource.
Situated on the south side of Clennon Valley playing fields and just north of Hoburne Devon Bay Holiday Park. The nearest public parking is Torbay Leisure Centre car park (also known as Clennon car park). From here exit the car park opposite the entrance to the Torbay Velopark and follow the hardcore track west around the edge of the Velopark fence line. The track ends near a Green storage container belonging to the Friends Group. Now follow the stream west to view the lower lake and join the footpath.
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