Get your new year off to a flying start

Birdwatchers will have their 2018 checklists ready to go and many will be accepting the challenge of spotting 200 species in a single year.

Just before Christmas Richard Doan reported a tally of 80 species at Rutland Water (see www.lros.org.uk). How many bird species can you see in a single day on Trust nature reserves?

And, of course, other wildlife is available! See the wildlife diary section of this website for what to look for and where.

The Trust’s nature reserves are open all year but in January many are quiet places.

Predictably wildlife is most apparent at our wetland nature reserves: Rutland Water holds huge numbers of wintering wildfowl and Cossington Meadows is a good location for a winter walk to see little egrets, lapwings, flocks of winter thrushes – and, in some years, murmurations of starlings. Don't forget your wellies and warm waterproof clothing!


Photograph: Look out for winter thrushes such as redwing (c. Margaret Holland)

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