Stanford Reservoir


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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.

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Total species seen at this site: 123


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.

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Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus30/10/2013Rod Baker
BuzzardButeo buteo30/10/2013Rod Baker
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsis30/10/2013Rod Baker
ShelduckTadorna tadorna30/10/2013Rod Baker
Red KiteMilvus milvus26/07/2012John Cranfield
OspreyPandion haliaetus24/07/2012John Cranfield
Jelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae23/06/2012John Cranfield
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus21/04/2012John Cranfield
StoatMustela erminea21/04/2012John Cranfield
Red KiteMilvus milvus04/02/2012John Cranfield
OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus04/02/2012John Cranfield
DunlinCalidris alpina04/02/2012John Cranfield
MerlinFalco columbarius12/01/2012John Cranfield
Little EgretEgretta garzetta10/12/2011John Cranfield
GoosanderMergus merganser10/12/2011John Cranfield
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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)

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