South West UK Regional Programme
The south west of England is one of 7 regional areas around the world where WWCT focuses its conservation efforts. The south west has a diverse range of habitats from rugged moorland to extensive stretches of coast line. It is a stronghold for several declining species such as hazel dormouse and cirl bunting.
WWCT contributes directly to conservation in this area through its nature reserves. Clennon Gorge and Primley Park are reserve areas adjacent to the Zoo in Paignton, important as wildlife corridors through an urban environment, as well as habitats in their own right. WWCT also owns Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve in South Devon, a large fresh water lake surrounded by a diverse array of important habitats. This site is particularly important for a number of bird and plant species, such as Cetti’s warbler and strapwort.