Welcome

Welcome

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is very pleased to welcome Dr Mat Cottam as the new Reserve Manager at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Mat replaces Tim Appleton who has retired after 42 years in the role. Tim oversaw the creation of the reserve and its development into an internationally important wetland. He also founded […]

Dry Stone Walling Course - Additional Date

Dry Stone Walling Course – Additional Date

Due to the popularity of this course we are happy to be able to offer additional dates over the weekend of 20th & 21st May 2017. You will learn about this ancient craft by preparing and building a section of wall on the reserve. Full details can be found on our events pages.

Wild Horizons Workshop - Engaging young people with nature

Wild Horizons Workshop – Engaging young people with nature

Wild Horizons member Joe Bodycote shares news and thoughts from our most recent workshop

Family Drop In Days

Family Drop In Days

We are running a number of drop in days at our Egleton centre during 2017. Bring the family along to join in with pond dipping, bug hunting and nature related craft sessions. There is no need to book….just drop in! Full details of dates & timings can be found on the events page  

Wild Skills: nest box building

Wild Skills: nest box building

On Sunday our Wild Skills members met for their first session of 2017. It may have been a cool, grey winters day but our minds were on preparation for the spring!

A first for Leicestershire and Rutland - first winter male Surf Scoter

A first for Leicestershire and Rutland – first winter male Surf Scoter

The Surf Scoter can still be seen from the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir. Read more for details.

Winter wildlife at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Winter wildlife at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water Nature Reserve is synonymous with one famous summer visitor in particular – the Osprey. But there’s a whole host of other wildlife to see throughout the year, and the winter is no exception.

Winners all round thanks to monthly events and training

Winners all round thanks to monthly events and training

As a way of acknowledging and thanking our wonderful volunteers for all they do, we have a special programme of events and training specifically tailored for them. Thanks to the new Volunteer Training Centre and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund we have been able to expand this programme to include an activity nearly every week.

A wintry view of Lagoon 1

Rutland Water Nature Reserve presents……

Enjoy what the reserve has to offer with this festive video of what we have to offer!

Over-wintering osprey project volunteers work hard at Lyndon

Over-wintering osprey project volunteers work hard at Lyndon

The Lyndon Visitor Centre closes each year from mid-September when the ospreys leave Rutland, and re-opens in the spring to coincide with the ospreys’ return. However, this does not mean that all work ceases…

Volunteer, Dave Cole, awarded Christopher Cadbury Medal

Volunteer, Dave Cole, awarded Christopher Cadbury Medal

The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts has awarded the 2016 Christopher Cadbury Medal for services to the advancement of nature conservation in the British Islands, to Dave Cole, naturalist and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust volunteer.

Photo: Joe Davis

A reedy big project…

Thanks to generous funding from Anglian Water, we’ve been able to undertake a much needed improvement project in our reed bed with the help of a floating amphibious excavator…

Water vole at Waderscrape, by Sue James

The Water Vole Project

The population of water voles at Rutland Water is now thriving, thanks to a successful reintroduction project. Read more here.

Water Vole Survey Report

Water Vole Survey Report

Here is a very interesting and informative report, written by mammal recorder Linda Biddle, detailing the reintroduction of water voles to Rutland, their subsequent monitoring and results. This report was published in the Leicestershire and Rutland Recorder issue 12, 2016.

Wild Horizons' visit Donna Nook NNR

Wild Horizons’ visit Donna Nook NNR

Wild Horizons’ member Amy Hall tells us all about a rather soggy trip to see the seals!

Photo: Joe Davis

New kit, big difference

Joe tells us all about a new piece of kit that will improve the way we manage our grasslands

Photo by Amy Hall

Wild Horizons’ boardwalk build

Amy Hall fills us in on the Wild Horizons team’s latest experience – building boardwalk

Island clearance

Island clearance

One of the biggest jobs our habitat team undertake in the autumn is island clearance – but why do we do it? Joe tells us more…

Waterfowl Count August 2016

Waterfowl Count August 2016

2,436 Tufted Ducks were present on the reserve in August, 953 Canada Geese, 862 Coots, plus 37 other species.

Waterfowl Count July 2016

Waterfowl Count July 2016

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers during July, with 960 counted. Read on for the full figures.

Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch

This time of year is great to visit and explore some of our nature reserves – happy Wildlife Watching!

Autumn 2016 Badger Watches

Autumn 2016 Badger Watches

Due to popular demand we are happy to be able to offer further 2016 dates for badger watches on the reserve. These events are hosted by our Trainee Reserve Officers from our purpose built badger hide on the Egleton Reserve. Apart from hopefully being able to get good views of our badgers there are also many […]

Waterfowl Count June 2016

Waterfowl Count June 2016

771 Canada Geese were observed during the June count, closely followed in number by the Greylag Goose with 705 spotted. Read on for the full figures.

Looking back: a year as a trainee

Looking back: a year as a trainee

Amelia Woolford looks back on her year as a T Permit holder in 2015