Wildlife at Stanwick Lakes
Although Stanwick Lakes is primarily recognised for its huge array of birdlife many other creatures use the site as their home.
Ranger-led pond dipping sessions have revealed invertebrates such as great diving beetle, dragonfly nymphs and damselfly larvae living in the lakes.
Kingfishers are regularly spotted during the day along the river banks whilst bats patrol at dusk and during the night. Otters have also been sighted but you would be incredibly lucky to catch a glimpse of one due to their elusive behaviour.
Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies are a common sight in the spring and summer flying around the wildflower areas. Stanwick Lakes is recognised as one of the key areas within the county for the number of species of dragonfly and damselfly. The reedbeds are an important habitat for moths and over 150 species have been recorded.
The meadows provide the perfect habitat for small mammals like shrews, voles, field and wood mice and reptiles, such as, grass snake which in turn offer hunting opportunities for Kestrels, Hobbys, Barn owls and foxes. Muntjac deer are regularly seen browsing amongst the abundance of hawthorn.
In order to preserve our habitats and maintain significant numbers of breeding birds the site has an enforced ‘dogs on leads’ policy and ‘water exclusion zones’. Dogs entering the water margins of the lakes disturb the wildlife more than people realise. We request that dog owners respect these rules when visiting the site.