Bird Watching

Stanwick Lakes is known for its abundance of wildlife, in particular its overwintering birds. Three bird hides and a separate bird feeding station provide the ideal opportunity to watch them undisturbed in their natural setting.

The two-storey Treehouse Hide, situated along the Adventure Trail, enables bird watchers to view birds from an elevated position. Recently, some funding from the Dulverton Trust has enabled some groundwork to take place which means the pools the birds visit will retain water for longer. Over the next year the birds should return once some fish and aquatic invertebrates have colonised the pools, and we hope they may breed on site.

Species commonly seen include Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Greylag Goose and Moorhen. If you’re lucky you may see Smew, Redshank or Little Egret. The bird feeding station also offers a quiet space where smaller birds such as Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Greenfinch can be seen.