Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Tony Clarke

1,000 acres of wild habitat
25,000 wildfowl in the winter
25 years of breeding ospreys
35 bird hides to explore

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.

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre

Discover incredible wetlands

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

Lyndon Visitor Centre

Home of the Rutland Osprey Project

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WildNet - Derek Moore

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.

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WildNet - James Rogerson

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. 

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What's coming up at Rutland Water?

See our full events calendar for Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

What's on?

Illustrated map of Rutland Water

Maps of the reserve

We have two maps that you can download, one showing Rutland Water Nature Reserve and the second showing the whole reservoir. 

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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.

Woman sitting (c) Matthew Roberts
From £2.75 a month

Individual Membership

Individual membership for one person
Bluebells family (c) Tom Marshall
From £3.75 a month

Family Membership

Membership for a family of two adults and children
(c) Tom Marshall
From £3.25 a month

Joint Membership

Joint membership for two adults