Thornton Reservoir

Wildlife Highlights

Excellent for bird watching with good access via the circular walk around the reservoir. As well as water birds, the adjacent fields and woods attract a wide variety of other birds.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 317


Owned by Severn Trent Water, Thornton Reservoir was opened to the public in 1997. Excellent for bird watching with good access via the circular walk around the reservoir. As well as water birds, the adjacent fields and woods attract a variety of other birds and a wide range of insects. 

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus16/02/2018Steve Mathers
CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo16/02/2018Steve Mathers
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus16/02/2018Steve Mathers
MallardAnas platyrhynchos16/02/2018Steve Mathers
Common GullLarus canus16/02/2018Steve Mathers
Canada GooseBranta canadensis16/02/2018Steve Mathers
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula16/02/2018Steve Mathers
Mute SwanCygnus olor16/02/2018Steve Mathers
CootFulica atra16/02/2018Steve Mathers
Greylag GooseAnser anser16/02/2018Steve Mathers
GadwallAnas strepera16/02/2018Steve Mathers
WigeonAnas penelope16/02/2018Steve Mathers
MoorhenGallinula chloropus16/02/2018Steve Mathers
Mute SwanCygnus olor07/02/2018Ray Pearce
Canada GooseBranta canadensis07/02/2018Ray Pearce
Further Information
Managed By
Severn Trent Water

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo03/09/2016
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria15/03/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria26/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa05/06/2012
Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries29/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix29/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari19/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola29/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera26/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida14/05/2004
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius26/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum27/04/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum26/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris27/04/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii29/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa07/08/2005
Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes29/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus29/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis30/09/2011
Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum19/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica12/05/2016
Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata05/06/2012
Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata29/10/2017
BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata05/06/2012
BeetlesAphodius prodromus05/06/2012
BeetlesCassida viridis05/06/2012
BeetlesChrysolina polita05/06/2012
BeetlesGalerucella sagittariae30/09/2011
BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula05/06/2012
BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis27/06/2008