An important and operational drinking water reservoir
The site, with the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire border running through the centre, is an operational drinking water reservoir owned by Severn Trent Water. Tufted duck, wigeon and pochard occur in large numbers between September and March - more than 1,500 have been counted. Shoveler are more common in autumn. In cold weather, goldeneye, pintail and goosander can be seen. Reed and sedge warblers are common in the reedbeds in early summer and terns are often seen during migration.
Whiskered, pipistrelle, Natterer's, noctule and Daubenton's bats all feed on the reserve, and some roost in the outflow pipe at the western end of the reserve.
Species and habitats
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
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