Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water

Tony Clarke

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

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.

View of Rutland Water in the summer

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

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre

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(c) Derek Moore

WildNet - Derek Moore

Lyndon Visitor Centre

Home of the Rutland Osprey Project

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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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Rutland Water Annual Wildlife Report 2022

Rutland Water Annual Wildlife Report 2022

Our Annual Wildlife Report 2022 is now available to purchase from the Lyndon Visitor Centre or the Egleton Birdwatching Centre at Rutland Water. A fascinating read of wildlife highlights throughout the year at the reserve including,

  • Marsh Harriers Breed for the First Time at Rutland Water
  • A Record year for Otter Sightings
  • 2022 proved to be a successful year for Ospreys in the Rutland Water area, with a total of 11 breeding pairs rearing 22 chicks, the largest number of active nests recorded in a single year
  • Rare fungi found at Rutland Water in 2022
  • Rutland Water is currently the number one site in the UK for Gadwall, with the sixth largest count of Gadwall (2030) since records began
  • 5598 birds of 51 species were processed by the Rutland Water Ringing Group in 2022. Highlights included the confirmation of breeding Nightingale
  • A Record Year for Egrets at Rutland
  • The largest counts of Teal, Pintail and Shoveler
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Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) feeds on a lagoon, Dorset, UK - Luke Massey/2020VISION

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. 

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What's coming up at Rutland Water?

See our full events calendar for Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

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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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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 (c) Matthew Roberts
From £3.25 a month

Individual Membership

Individual membership for one person
Young couple nature watching with a dog in heathland, August (c) Tom Marshall
From £3.75 a month

Joint Membership

Joint membership for two adults
Bluebells family (c) Tom Marshall
From £4.25 a month

Family Membership

Membership for a family up to two adults and children