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Nature Engagement

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Nature Engagement at Stanwick Lakes

With a mosaic of wetlands, reedbed, woodland and grasslan and a network of paths enabling visitors to explore much of the site on foot or by bike, including viewpoints and hides overlooking rivers and lakes, creating plenty of opportunities to engage with nature.

Engaging with nature at our events

Many of the events you can attend at Stanwick Lakes aim to connect you to the nature, while informing and educating you about the wildlife and habitats on the site. Whether it’s getting up close to baby birds in partnership with the RSPB Mid Nene Local Group, counting butterflies or becoming mammal detectives, our nature engagement events encourage and enable you, as part of the local community, to get involved and take action!

Nature Themed Activities For Children

Even if you have just come to enjoy the fantastic play equipment, look out for the animal discs and scan the QR codes to find out more about the animals who live at Stanwick Lakes.

You can also attend events such as pond dipping, owl pellet dissection and bushcraft sessions, all designed to help young people discover more about the wildlife on the site and connect with nature.

To see if and when these sessions are available, take a look at ‘What’s On’.

Young boy smiling, holding baby blue tits (under licensed ringer supervision)

Ranger-led activities

Teacher or community group leader?
To see the ranger-led nature engagement activities that you can arrange with us, such as pond dipping, mini beast hunting, den building and more, take a look at our educational booklet for schools and community groups.

Volunteer Teams

There are several volunteer groups you can be part of at Stanwick Lakes, depending on your interest.

Stanwick Lakes has a fantastic Junior Ranger team – a group of teenagers who have a passion for their local environment and take practical action to help us conserve the habitats and wildlife on the reserve. (This group is currently fully subscribed. Future opportunities will be listed here.)

The Wildlife Volunteer Team are a group from the local community who meet monthly to help us find out more about the nature reserve, including harvest mouse, orchid, reptile and butterfly surveys. If you’d like to learn more about what they got up to in 2022 read the Wildlife Volunteer Team round up for 2022.

If you’s like to get involved with volunteering, take a look at current opportunities.