Coronavirus Update

Our response to coronavirus

Coronavirus Latest update - 19.06.20

Nature Reserves

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water Nature Reserve will  re -open from Monday 22nd June at 9am, we look forward to welcoming you back. There will be procedures in place throughout the reserve to keep you safe and adhere with social distancing guidelines, so please be patient with staff and volunteers and follow any signage.

Lyndon Visitor Centre will be closed on Mondays until further notice, during this time Waderscrape and TEAL hides will also be closed but the car park gate and the side gates will be open.

In both visitor centres queuing and one way systems will be in place, with a limited number of people allowed in the buildings at one time. There will also be a reduction in capacity within all hides and hide windows and doors will be fixed open to limit touch points, information will be displayed on each hide.

Hand sanitiser will be made available in the visitor centres but please bring your own for touching stiles and gates and visiting the hides. We will be working on a cashless system, so payments can only be taken by contactless or card payments and unfortunately there will be no seating in the centres to make space for social distancing and limiting touch points. 

Toilets will be open in both visitor centres and take away refreshments will be available. The motorised buggy will also be made available at both centres but must be booked beforehand. Click here for contact details. 

The reserve will be open from 9am, with last entry to both car parks at 4pm and the reserve closing at 5pm.

Other reserves

Charnwood Lodge remains closed to the public until further notice, however, all our other reserves are open and are excellent places to explore nature and get some fresh air. Please also take Government guidelines into consideration and follow the Countryside Code.

The Government stresses that the risk of Coronavirus being passed on to people using public rights of way and other paths and trails is considered to be very low, as long as people follow instructions around social distancing. 

Events and volunteering

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all our events and volunteer activities until the end of June, and also to not go ahead with Birdfair 2020. Read more here.

You can be added to a waiting list for events from July onwards and will be notified if that event becomes available to book on to. With Government guidelines changing frequently we cannot determine whether we are able to go ahead with an event or not. 

If you are unsure please email for volunteer related enquiries and for event enquiries.

Our staff

Most of our staff are now working from home. So please be patient with us as we may take a little longer to respond to messages and phone calls. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch at

Message from Tim Graham, CEO

We remain incredibly grateful to all our wonderful members and supporters during this unprecedented time. As a charity we rely heavily on your support to continue our vital work for wildlife and protect our precious local wild places. We will keep going to the best of our ability and are carefully monitoring the developing guidance and situation, however, donations of any size will make a huge and valued difference to us. 

Thank you for your continued support, we hope everyone stays safe and well .

Stay close to nature

We still encourage everyone to stay connected to nature, why not do some yoga in the garden or look for signs of spring from the window?

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Check out our Rutland Osprey nest cam where our star pair Maya and 33(11), have been nesting since 2015. Depending on the time of year, you might see them mating, sitting on their eggs, catching or delivering fish to each other, perched on the poles or protecting the nest from gulls, cormorants and even other ospreys! 

Watch now

Most of our reserves remain open and if you can get to any by foot they provide excellent places to unwind and take in the fresh air. During this difficult time, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection with the natural world, but please practice social distancing. 

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