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Spot rare birds responsibly this October half term

Published Friday, 23 October 2020

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is encouraging residents to get out and about this October half term to enjoy the Nene Valley and spot the birds that make the area their winter home.

The Destination Nene Valley partnership, lead by ENC, is running a week of activities and events from 26 October to coincide with half term to promote the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area (commonly know as SPA) but also encouraging people to bird watch responsibly.

More than 20,000 birds, many of which are facing decline, flock to the shorelines from October to March and residents are encouraged to get out and about to watch them, but be sensible and admire the birds from designated view points and ensure dogs are kept on leads and away from birds in the water.

From 26 October, the DNV partnership will be promoting the area and the birds that visit via a series of activities including colouring- in and name the bird competitions and bird Top Trumps.

Visitors to popular bird-spotting destination, Stanwick Lakes can find out more about the variety of species that visit this wildlife haven by checking out the website prior to a visit so you know what to look for – remember your binoculars.

Stanwick Lakes is also hosting a Wildlife & Heritage Halloween Trail this school holiday. From Tuesday, 27 October to Sunday 1 November, find out how the site’s predecessors celebrated Halloween and learn about all of the wildlife that make their homes on or around the lakes in the Autumn. Details can be found on the Stanwick Lakes facebook page. Please also check the website for details of Covid guidance in place to protect all site users.

Cllr Sarah Peacock, Deputy Chairman of the DNV Partnership and East Northamptonshire Council councillor said:

“With more of us spending time in our local area, there are now plenty of opportunities to explore the beauty on our doorsteps, including the wonderful wildlife that calls the Nene Valley home.

“This week of activities is designed to raise awareness of the area and the many birds that flock to the Valley, but also remind everyone to be responsible and follow the guidance.”

For more information about the Special Protection Area and to find out more about the week of activities, visit You can also follow @_NeneValley on Twitter or like @rivernene on Facebook to stay up to date with events and activities across the week.