Birds

Stanwick Lakes is a fabulous place to visit if you are interested in bird watching. It is particularly well known for the waterfowl like ducks and geese but a huge variety of birds, such as Reed Warbler, Long Tailed Tit and Pied Wagtail are regularly seen.

Certain areas within the site provide perfect habitats for waterbirds, particularly those lakes with an open nature and emerging islands. Ongoing surveys reveal that the site is used by Oyster Catchers, Common Terns and Great Crested Grebes for breeding. The reedbed, which is one of the largest in Northamptonshire, is home to a variety of birds such as Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting.

Wetland Bird Surveys (WEBS) counts indicate that Stanwick Lakes can hold a significant proportion of the valley’s population of rare golden plover (an annex 1 species of the EC Birds Directive); in fact, at times, over 3,000 birds have been present.

The site also has a large number of other winter waterfowl species including Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal and Pintail. Many of the birds which spend the winter with us have migrated down from Scandinavia to benefit from our comparatively milder climate.

Barn Owls and Tawny Owls use the site and have nested in owl boxes placed nearby. The wildflower meadows, which have an abundance of butterflies and bees during spring and summer, provide the perfect hunting ground for them.

The display in the visitor centre provides a good introduction to the resident birds and to our summer and winter bird visitors.