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: 137


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
Common TernSterna hirundo20/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo20/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
GreenshankTringa nebularia20/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
Little EgretEgretta garzetta10/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos10/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola10/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
SnipeGallinago gallinago07/08/2017PhilipCrowfoot
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa10/07/2017PhilipCrowfoot
OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus01/07/2017Rod Baker
Garden WarblerSylvia borin01/07/2017Rod Baker
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius01/07/2017Rod Baker
Sand MartinRiparia riparia01/07/2017Rod Baker
MallardAnas platyrhynchos01/07/2017Rod Baker
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus01/07/2017Rod Baker
ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita01/07/2017Rod Baker
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)