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.

Other Wild Places

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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Latest Records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
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Showing records 1 to 15 of 180
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 30/10/2013 Rod Baker
Buzzard Buteo buteo 30/10/2013 Rod Baker
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 30/10/2013 Rod Baker
Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 30/10/2013 Rod Baker
Red Kite Milvus milvus 26/07/2012 John Cranfield
Osprey Pandion haliaetus 24/07/2012 John Cranfield
Jelly Ear Fungus Auricularia auricula-judae 23/06/2012 John Cranfield
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus 21/04/2012 John Cranfield
Stoat Mustela erminea 21/04/2012 John Cranfield
Red Kite Milvus milvus 04/02/2012 John Cranfield
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 04/02/2012 John Cranfield
Dunlin Calidris alpina 04/02/2012 John Cranfield
Merlin Falco columbarius 12/01/2012 John Cranfield
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 10/12/2011 John Cranfield
Goosander Mergus merganser 10/12/2011 John Cranfield

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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Species List

Group Common Name Latin Name Last Seen
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Showing records 1 to 30 of 123
Bees, Wasps, Ants Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius 28/07/2011
Beetles Common Red Soldier Beetle Rhagonycha fulva 28/07/2011
Birds Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 15/11/2011
Birds Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus 21/07/2011
Birds Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 04/06/2011
Birds Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 27/08/2011
Birds Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus 30/08/2004
Birds Mandarin Aix galericulata 05/11/2011
Birds Skylark Alauda arvensis 15/10/2011
Birds Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 27/08/2011
Birds Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa 28/07/2011
Birds Pintail Anas acuta 15/10/2011
Birds Teal Anas crecca 12/11/2011
Birds Wigeon Anas penelope 15/10/2011
Birds Garganey Anas querquedula 27/08/2011
Birds White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 23/11/2011
Birds Greylag Goose Anser anser 28/07/2011
Birds Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus 21/07/2003
Birds Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus 03/10/2003
Birds Swift Apus apus 27/08/2011
Birds Great White Egret Ardea alba 24/10/2011
Birds Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 28/07/2011
Birds Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus 21/04/2012
Birds Long-eared Owl Asio otus 27/02/1994
Birds Pochard Aythya ferina 12/11/2011
Birds Canada Goose Branta canadensis 21/07/2011
Birds Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 30/10/2013
Birds Goldeneye Bucephala clangula 19/11/2011
Birds Buzzard Buteo buteo 30/10/2013
Birds Dunlin Calidris alpina 04/02/2012