Rutland Water Nature Reserve has been regularly voted as the UK's best nature reserve. This vast wetland is one of the best places to watch birds in the UK. Search for rare spring migrants, admire fishing ospreys in the summer, enjoy the autumn wader passage and marvel at huge flocks of winter wildfowl. With events year round, walking trails and two visitor centres, you'll be sure of an immersive wildlife experience for the whole family.
Rutland Osprey Project
Rutland Water is home to the Rutland Osprey Project. 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 how this once endangered bird of prey has found a home in Rutland Water and see them yourself. Find out more here.
Visiting Rutland Water
Rutland Water is one of the best places to enjoy birds and wildlife in the UK. Plan your visit, find out what's around, download maps and learn about the amazing wildlife that lives here. There are two visitor centres where you can get close to nature - the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre and the Lyndon Visitor Centre. We can't wait to meet you!
Multum in Parvo - 'much in little'
Rutland may be the smallest county in England, yet it boasts one of the best nature reserves in the entire country. But for such a diverse, beautiful and exciting wild place, Rutland Water is relatively young. Find out about the wildlife you can see at this incredible site, how we're working with Anglian Water to conserve, and how a few fields in Rutland was transformed into this amazing place - for people and wildlife.
What's coming up at Rutland Water?
Rutland Water Events Calendar
See our full events calendar for Rutland Water Nature Reserves, including osprey cruises, badger watchers, talks, walks, courses and more!
Seasonal guides to Rutland Water
Find out what you might see on your visit and make the most of this fabulous nature reserve all year round