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Discover wildlife in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire and Rutland are home to some incredible plants and animals. From ospreys to otters, badgers to bumblebees, wildflowers to wildfowl and red kites to red foxes, thousands of species make their home right in the heart of the UK in our two counties. Find out fascinating facts about your favourite species; discover more about the habitats that they live in; and learn how you can help wildlife on your doorstep...

Brown Hare David Tipling

Brown Hare Lepus europaeus in Ox-eye Daisies Norfolk summer - David Tipling/2020VISION



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Hazel Coppicing

Hazel Woodland Coppicing



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Take action for wildlife

Sadly, much of our wildlife is in decline across the UK. As many as 15% of our native species could face extinction. That's why we all need to do our bit for wildlife. We've pulled together the best ways that you can take action for wildlife on your doorstep. We've got some top tips to transform any garden into a wildlife paradise; some little changes you can make to your lifestyle that are better for the environment; and even ideas for combating climate change. You can also buy your bird food from our official supplier, Vine House Farm; when you make a purchase, they make a donation to The Wildlife Trusts, so you're helping wildlife in your garden and beyond!

Osprey at Manton Bay, Rutland Water

Ospreys Pandion Haliaetus nesting in Manton Bay Rutland Water July - David Tipling/2020VISION

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Rutland Ospreys

Rutland Water is home to the Rutland Osprey Project. In the summer, 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. 

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