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Environmental Conservation & Greenspace - Stanwick Lakes

Stanwick Lakes is a 750 acre countryside attraction which has been transformed over the past 10 years from quarry to nature reserve. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a wetland of international importance. This means that it is protected for conservation and must be managed in a way that maintains its wildlife interest. A team of rangers and volunteers works tirelessly throughout the year to ensure this.

Stanwick Lakes has a diverse range of habitats and an abundance of wildlife. It is particularly well known for wintering waterfowl like tufted duck and great crested grebe but many kinds of butterflies, moths, bees and mammals make Stanwick Lakes their home. Stanwick Lakes Wildlife

In 2010 Rockingham Forest Trust Rangers and volunteers (FOSiLs) started a bee conservation project to help the plight of the honey bee. In February 2012, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Awards for All fund, ‘The Stanwick Lakes Hive of Activity’ was launched and is working to help educate the local community about honey bees. In addition to training new bee keepers, Rockingham Forest Trust is creating new areas of wild flower meadow, to increase the range of nectar sources for the honey bees.

Stanwick Lakes is also a recreational site that offers a whole host of activities to keep families happy for a full day including an adventure playground, assault course, adventure trail, cycle hire, walking routes and cafe.  For more detailed information about Stanwick Lakes, please visit our website