East Looe Catchment Project

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is working across the whole catchment to support businesses, homeowners, schools and farmers to protect rivers and seas from pollution. Rivers are home to wildlife like insect larvae, fish and otters. They also vitally important as wild 'corridors' where wildlife can safely move across the landscape.


Working in partnership

Cornwall Wildlife Trust works on behalf of the Looe Bathing Water Quality Partnership, which aims to protect Looe’s bathing waters from pollution. Partner organisations, farmers and the local community have committed over £300,000 to protect the rivers and bathing waters.

Only Rain Down the Drain

In Looe, Liskeard and other local towns there are many drains which connect straight to the river. Young people have been stenciling Yellow Fish symbols next to these drains to signal that it’s Only Rain Down The Drain; anything else will pollute the river and sea.

Look out for Cornwall Wildlife Trust at local events, where youth groups will be doing their bit for the rivers by telling the Yellow Fish story.

Engaging businesses

Clean bathing water is important to all the businesses in Looe as well as local people and visitors who use our lovely beach. The beach and harbour are the focal points of the town and we are happy to play our part in keeping the bathing waters clean - Lindsey Ellis

Cafes, restaurants, pubs, B&Bs, guesthouses and campsites are all doing their bit for the rivers. When the wrong stuff is emptied down sinks and toilets it ends up blocking the sewers, so sewage floods out into the rivers and sea. Dozens of businesses are helping by only flushing pee, poo and paper and properly disposing of fats, oils and greases.

Lindsey and Grace Ellis installed a grease trap at The Beach Café in Looe, which means any fat, oil or grease going down their sink will be trapped before it causes any problems.








Supporting farmers

Farmers are taking steps to protect the river at the top of the catchment. Last year they completed 13 projects to reduce agricultural pollution in rivers. These included over 3000m of fencing to keep cows out of rivers, 3 farm wetlands to settle out sediment and create habitat and 2 areas of new woodland.

Fencing to protect river

Get in touch

Contact Iain Barker for more information about the project, or if you would like to get involved.