Red-throated diver, gadwall, whooper swan and smew are uncommon visitors to the site. There have been rare sightings of notable species such as black-necked grebe, Bewick's swans, bean goose and common scoter. The reservoir is also an important site for wigeon with the highest counts recorded in the winter.
The surrounding farmland is used as breeding grounds by a host of waders. These are a group of birds that are so called because of the way they wade around in the shallows and grassland, probing the soft mud for insects and worms. Species such as lapwing, redshank, curlew, oystercatcher and snipe can regularly be seen.
The large areas of mud which are exposed by late summer also attract migrating waders. Spring and autumn are the best times to see these birds, which form large flocks that appear as huge clouds. Look out for the bright red beak of the oystercatcher and the green metallic sheen of lapwings as their plumage catches the light. Another name commonly used for lapwing is pee-wit and the reason for this will become obvious when their call is heard...peeee...witt!
Redshanks are small black and white birds with bright red legs that can be clearly be seen when caught by the light. They are sometimes referred to as the wardens of the marsh because of their rather nervous nature and habit of being flushed up into the air and sounding off a loud, piercing panic call at the slightest of disturbances.
Grid reference: NZ 010517
The reservoir is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. There is also a sailing club on the northern side of the reservoir.
Tel: 0870 2403549