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Stanford Reservoir

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.

Nearby nature reserves

Swift Valley Nature Reserve
7 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Newbold Quarry
8 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Higham Ferrers Pits
8 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012

Reserve information

8 miles west of Market Harborough
Market Harborough
LE17 6EA
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Best time to visit
Sep - Feb
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Opening Times
Open at all times
72.00 hectares
Permit required

Walking information
Good, level access around reserve, although path can be muddy in places
Information on parking and further location details will be sent out with your permit
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Reserves Manager
Tel: 01604 405285