Other 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.
Aquatic surveys reveal a huge variety of pond life including over 20 different species of water beetle, dragonfly nymphs, caddis fly larvae, water boatman, leech and water stick insects.
Bats patrol along the river and over lakes at dusk and during the night. Otters have also been sighted on quieter days, but you would be incredibly lucky to catch a glimpse of one due to their elusive behaviour.
Stoats are regularly seen chasing rabbits around fields and there is the odd sighting of weasels crossing paths as they sneak back into the undergrowth. Badgers are regular visitors to the site with occasional setts found, but seasonal flooding causes them to move around fairly regularly.
Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies are a common sight in the spring and summer flying around meadows and flowering plants. Stanwick Lakes is recognised as one of the key areas within the county for the number of species of dragonfly and damselfly with a combined total of 18 different species having been recorded. The reedbeds are an important habitat for moths and over 150 species have been recorded on site.
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.
Dogs on Leads
In order to conserve 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.