Following recent updates from the Government with regards to COVID 19 we have made the difficult decision to close Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Lyndon Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, and Charnwood Lodge Nature Reserve until further notice. 

All our other reserves remain open, however please do not travel by car. If you are within walking distance of a reserve, you can visit on foot as your form of daily exercise, but please only go out with members of your household, do not meet in groups and please keep 2m away from any other visitors. 

We had hoped to keep all our green spaces open, but the well being and safety of our staff and visitors is the most important thing at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

People and bluebells - Tom Marshall

Where to see wildlife in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is home to some amazing wildlife and there are some beautiful wild places to explore, from flowering meadows to fantastic forests to wonderful wetlands. We manage 35 nature reserves covering 1,234 hectares of valuable wildlife habitats. Our nature reserves comprise some of the most important wildlife and geological sites in the counties. As well as being havens for both rare and common plants and animals, these are also amazing and important places for people to visit and enjoy.



Our Nature Reserves


Hazel Woodland Coppicing


Rutland Water


View of Rutland Water nature reserve in early summer - David Tipling/2020VISION

Meet the

Rutland Ospreys

Rutland Water is home to the Rutland Osprey Project. In the summer, you can watch them at their nest site on Lyndon Nature Reserve, soaring majestically over the lagoons or diving to catch fish on an exclusive Osprey Cruise. 

Find out more

Ospreys Pandion Haliaetus nesting in Manton Bay Rutland Water July - David Tipling/2020VISION