It is the largest natural freshwater lake in South West England.
It is 1.5 miles long and is made up of two parts (the Lower Ley and the Higher Ley).
There is a nature reserve, owned by the Whitley Wildlife Trust and managed by the Field Studies Council. Slapton Ley’s beaches are affected by erosion but the beaches are formed from sediment; this makes them special because they are non-replaceable: once the sediment is moved it’s gone. The beach can only become smaller. This threatens the security of the mainland because when the beaches are gone mass amounts of water damage would occur on the land. The nature reserve would be destroyed and the site of special scientific interest would be lost.
Slapton Ley, along with Slapton Sands, host a wide variety of habitats and wildlife.
- Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve website
- English Nature's Slapton Ley page
- The Field Studies Council's Slapton Ley page
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