Coronavirus Update

Our response to coronavirus

Coronavirus Latest update

Nature Reserves

Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Charnwood Lodge and Launde Park Wood remain closed to the public until further notice. Our priority right now is for the health and wellbeing of everyone at our nature reserves - whether working, volunteering or visiting.

We hope to re-open them as soon as we safely can. At Rutland Water Nature Reserve, we are working with Anglian Water and the local authorities in order to work out how best to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. Please bear with us, whilst we take a careful and considered approach to re-opening these sites over the next few weeks.

All our other reserves remain open and are excellent places to explore nature and get some fresh air. However, we urge you to please stay local, walking or cycling where possible. 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 and in response to the crisis some of our staff have been furloughed. 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! 

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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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