A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

We have boarded the Lizard.org in order to announce the launching of our new LPF website: http://loepool.org/ . New you say? Well, LPF has always had a website but working at medieval speeds it was not up to the job of communicating the great work LPF have been doing to improve the water environment.

LPF was initiated in 1996 to look at ways of reversing the process of eutrophication in Loe Pool Lake. And we have made quantum leaps in doing so in the intervening 18 years. Of particular note is the work LPF have done to address the point source pollution issues. In partnership with the Environment Agency, South West Water (SWW), and Royal Navy Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose the local sewage treatment works have been upgraded and this has resulted in a fourfold decrease in phosphorus concentrations in Loe Pool.

Historic, Current and Target Total Phosphorus Concentrations for Loe Pool

Loe Pool Phosphorus Levels

More recently LPF have been looking upstream in order to address the catchments diffuse pollution problem. Natural England's Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) and Soils for Profit (S4P) initiatives had great success in the last five years in delivering grant aid and land management advice to the farming community.

Otter in Carminow Creek Divers helping with ecological survey Scrub clearing with Lizard Ancient Sites Network

Over the next five years we are looking forward to welcoming South West Water's Upstream Thinking Project (UST) which will be offering grant aid and advice to farmers in the catchment. This will not only help the water abstraction quality which SWW face but also the downstream ecology in Loe Pool. To find out more about LPF and what it's up to please visit us here http://loepool.org/

Published: May 2015
Author: Tim Walker (Postgraduate Researcher (PhD) Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter