Osprey Cruises 2022

Osprey Cruises 2022

WildNet - Andy Morffew

One of the most exciting ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the Osprey project team aboard the Rutland Belle.

During the Osprey Cruises, we sail to parts of the reservoir where we stand the best chance of seeing fishing Ospreys and with a bit of luck are rewarded with spectacular views. On many occasions we have enjoyed breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish, making it a trip to remember. Even on those occasions when Ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view.

This cruises begin at Whitwell Harbour (LE15 8BL),  where the Rutland Belle sets sail for an hour and a half cruise on Rutland Water. There will be a live commentary pointing out things of interest, and providing information about the osprey project and the reservoir. Members of the osprey team will be on board to help you get the best out of your trip. There will be tea, coffee and snacks available on board.

In addition to your cruise place you will also receive a 20% discount on the permit entry price to the nature reserve on the day of the cruise. Nature reserve permits cover the Egleton and Lyndon sites of Rutland Water and with nearly 40 hides there is lots to see and do to fill a day. The permit includes parking at the reserve.

As part of your Osprey Cruise ticket, we also welcome you to join a knowledgeable member of the Rutland Osprey Project team, who will be offering an introduction to Ospreys talk at 2pm on the day of the cruise from the Lyndon Visitor Centre. If you are interested in starting your Osprey experience day with this exciting talk, then do head over to the Lyndon Visitor Centre and make yourself known to a member of staff.

All parking costs at Whitwell are covered by your cruise booking – we will issue tickets on the cruise for use at the exit barrier at Whitwell car park.

Ticket Prices:

Adult (over 16): £25

Child (under 16): £16

Osprey Cruise Dates 2022:

The below is a complete list of all the dates for the Osprey Cruises in 2022. To book your place please follow the link and press 'Book' which will take you to our booking pages.

Saturday 21st May - 6.30pm

Wednesday 25th May - 6pm

Sunday 29th May - 7am

Wednesday 1st June - 7pm

Saturday 4th June - 7pm

Thursday 9th June - 6pm

Wednesday 15th June - 6pm

Saturday 18th June - 6.30pm

Friday 24th June - 6pm

Wednesday 29th June - 6pm

Saturday 2nd July - 6.30pm

Saturday 9th July - 6.30pm

Wednesday 13th July - 6pm

Saturday 16th July - 7pm

Wednesday 27th July - 6pm

Saturday 30th July - 6.30pm

Wednesday 3rd August - 6pm

Wednesday 10th August - 6pm

Saturday 13th August - 6.30pm