This Spring Bank Holiday why not take the opportunity to discover the wildlife places of Leicestershire and Rutland and their great wildlife.
The Trust can offer everything from family fun days and guided birdwatching through to photography and a bee workshop.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve is a good place to start. Visit the Rutland Osprey Project at the Lyndon Visitor Centre and then walk down to the hide looking out to the Manton Bay nest to catch up with the latest news and dramas of the ospreys. If you prefer to take it easy one of the most exciting ways of seeing ospreys is to take a guided cruise on the Rutland Belle. The first Osprey and Wildlife Cruise of the season is on Saturday 31st. (Booking essential, £20 pp).
Drop in with the family to the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton for a Family Fun Day on Sunday May 25th. A bug and pond session will be followed by craft activities (no need to book, £3 per participant).
On Wednesday 28th, seven to 11 year olds can enjoy a creepy crawly, bugelicious delight by becoming Spring Explorers. (Booking essential, £10 pp).
See the events section of the Trust's website for further details of the above.
If you prefer to get away from the crowds, head for one our nature reserves – our woodlands and meadows are magical places in the spring. Cossington Meadows and Rutland Water Nature Reserve safe bets for a good range of birds and if you can make an early start, the dawn chorus is at its peak this month.
See the nature reserves section of the Trust's website for details of a reserve near you.
Photograph: The recent Woodland Day held at Rutland Water (LRWT)