Rutland Water is one of the best places to enjoy birds and wildlife 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.
Rising Cases of Avian Flu
A neighbouring Wildlife Trust is currently experiencing very high incidence of suspected Bird Flu cases at one of their wetland nature reserves. As a consequence, we are asking visitors to our nature reserves to be extra vigilant when out and about, particularly on wetland sites with high numbers of waterfowl such as Rutland Water and Cossington Meadows.
About Rutland Water Nature Reserve
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.
Rutland Water Annual Wildlife Report 2021
Read our latest Annual Wildlife Report for Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
The start of 2021 was a challenging year due to COVID restrictions, but by March we were delighted to welcome back volunteers once again and could resume our programme of wildlife recording. Thanks to the incredible support of our survey volunteers we were able to carry out a number of studies covering birds, aquatic invertebrates, moth trapping sessions, bees, butterflies and more. Read the full report to learn more about all the wonderful wildlife that inhabits this beautiful nature reserve.
What's coming up at Rutland Water?
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.
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
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.