Stithians Reservoir is one of the very best areas of open water for birdwatching in Cornwall. A shallow lake with marshy edges, large flocks of Teal and Wigeon (at least 100 of each) can often be seen feeding here, as can smaller numbers of Tufted Duck, Pochard, Mallard, Gadwall and Goldeneye.
Rare sightings are commonplace (!), especially during winter and passage periods, and include Crag Martin (Britain's first), Black Duck, Black Kite, Caspian Tern, Wilson's Philanthrope and, in April 2009, the second ever sighting of a Golden Eagle in Cornwall (the first occurred more that 200 years ago!) Occasional residents include Greenshank, Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper, while Goosander and Mediterranean Gulls are often spotted amongst the flocks of gulls.
The lake is easily accessible by car and there are hides at both ends (keys are available from CBPS) and a dam on the east side that offers excellent viewing. A footpath follows the perimeter of the lake and there are car parks at the dam and at the Golden Lion pub.