Nature Reserve

Over the years Stanwick Lakes has seen many changes. Perhaps one of the most noticeable ones is its transformation from quarry to the 750 acre nature reserve we see today.

Stanwick Lakes is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which means that it is protected for conservation. SSSIs are the country’s very best wildlife and geological sites and are important as they support plants and animals that find it more difficult to survive in the wider countryside. They need active management to maintain their conservation interest and our team of rangers and volunteers work throughout the year to ensure this.

In April 2011 Stanwick Lakes was also included within the Nene Valley Special Protection Area (SPA). This designation helps to protect sites which are particularly important for birds which depend on specialised or restricted habitats for breeding, feeding, wintering or migration. The area was also made a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.