Stanford Reservoir

    Wildlife Highlights

    It has a good variety of wildfowl and in winter can attract Goosander in significant numbers. A number of rare birds have been seen here, including Golden Oriole and Spotted Crake. There is a winter gull roost and during migration times has proved to be a hotspot for terns, with records including Caspian and Whiskered Tern.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 141


    Stanford Reservoir straddles the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire with the larger part in Northamptonshire. It is the base of the Stanford Ringing Group so generates lots of records.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    OspreyPandion haliaetus07/04/2018Fulup
    CootFulica atra07/04/2018Fulup
    Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus07/04/2018Fulup
    BuzzardButeo buteo07/04/2018Fulup
    DaisyBellis perennis07/04/2018Fulup
    Lesser CelandineFicaria verna07/04/2018Fulup
    FieldfareTurdus pilaris07/04/2018Fulup
    RedshankTringa totanus25/03/2018DaveGoldsmith
    DunlinCalidris alpina25/03/2018DaveGoldsmith
    PochardAythya ferina25/03/2018DaveGoldsmith
    Common TernSterna hirundo20/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
    CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo20/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
    GreenshankTringa nebularia20/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
    Little EgretEgretta garzetta10/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
    Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos10/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
    Getting There

    It lies in the valley of the River Avon, just to the south of South Kilworth and about 7km south west of Lutterworth. A permit, available from the Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust, is required for access to the grounds of the reservoir and the car park by the dam, off the minor road between South Kilworth and Stanford on Avon at SP596802.  Part of the reservoir can be viewed from from the minor road between South Kilworth and Welford, at the inflow (north east) end SP611811, without entering the grounds.

    Managed By
    Northants Wildlife Trust (owned by Severn Trent Water)