Lyndon Nature Reserve
COVID 19 UPDATE
Rutland Water Nature Reserve is now open, including both Visitor Centres and bird hides. There are procedures in place throughout the reserve to keep visitors and staff safe. Face masks are mandatory inside the Visitor Centres and bird hides, and you must adhere to social distancing. Please follow signage and ask staff if you are not sure.
Know before you go
Entry fee£6/adult, £5/Concession, £3.50/Children, £16/Family
Parking informationPlease use the car park
Grazing animalsLivestock my be present
The visitor centre, car park and trails are located off the Lyndon Road, on the south shore of Rutland Water. Follow the drive down to the car park. The paths are wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and there is an electric buggy available for hire (please phone to book).
When to visit
Opening timesOpen from mid-March to early September
9am - 5pm
Autumn opening hours
10am - 3pm
Best time to visitAll year
About the reserve
When you first arrive at the centre, you’ll be greeted with a smile and warm welcome from our staff and volunteers. There’s a livestream of the osprey webcam in the centre, and our staff will be more than happy to chat about the ospreys, their history and what’s been happening this year. You can enjoy interactive displays, browse the shop and pick up some refreshments, including cold and hot drinks, ice-creams, cake and confectionary.
The walk through Lyndon nature reserve takes you along the south shore of Rutland Water, through wildflower meadows with the reservoir and bird hides on your right. Look for common spotted orchids on the walk growing near the path in late spring and early summer. Spring is an excellent time to enjoy outstanding birdsong, especially in the earlier and later parts of the day. Woodland and garden birds make the most of the small patches of trees, rich hedgerows and feeding station, directly outside the visitor centre. We’ve been lucky enough to see Willow Tits and Marsh Tits on our feeders – one of the few places where both have been seen side by side. The hides at the water’s edge give a stunning view of the reservoir and out towards Lax Hill (on the western edge of the reservoir, part of the Egleton reserve), and across to Hambleton, on the peninsular, and then up towards Burley-on-the-Hill House – the stately home on the north shore.
The furthest two hides (named Waderscrape and Shallow Water) are about 15-20 minutes’ walk down following the path. These are the best places to see the iconic ospreys from during the spring and summer months (although keep an eye out for water voles, water rail and kingfisher, too). Our star pair – Maya and 33(11) – nest out in the middle of Manton Bay, surrounded by water. Waderscrape Hide has volunteers in the hide throughout the season, ready to answer any questions and help you make the most of your experience. 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! When the chicks have fledged, there may be as many as five or six ospreys in the area! Listen for their distinctive call, watching them soaring around and enjoy sharing in their magical spectacle – a sight that would have been almost impossible to see twenty years ago in the Midlands!
In spring, you may also see great crested grebes doing their elegant synchronised mating dance while buzzard and red kite fly over the woods beyond the nest. Wildfowl swim in the bay in spring, and when the water levels fall in late summer, the area is taken over by wading birds feeding on the exposed mud.
In the autumn and winter months the reserve welcomes back large numbers of wintering wildfowl, which gather in large groups on the water. Species include wigeon, goldeneye and teal and you may even see the odd great northern diver!
Become a member for exclusive discounts to Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Members of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust receive a 10% discount on entry to Rutland Water Nature Reserve.