A Tufted Duck ringed at Rutland Water was recovered in Siberia nine years after it was ringed

Waterfowl Count July 2015

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers in July with 1470 spotted. Closely followed by the Eurasian Coot, Mallard & Canada Goose with 1000, 980 & 934 counted respectively.

Froglets

Froglets

Spring is a wonderful time of year here at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. We get to witness nature’s springtime joys; lambs in the fields, blue tit chicks fledging just outside the Centre and our osprey chicks bringing great excitement. But what about other wildlife joys I can bring to your attention? Tadpoles! Many of us […]

Hedgerow Survey

Hedgerow Survey

This Spring Assistant Reserve Officer Sarah Merriman spent several days surveying the reserve’s hedgerows. Read more to find out how she got on.

This year the ringing team caught this five-year-old Sand Martin

Banking on success

A lone Sand Martin twisting and turning over the lagoons on a misty morning in mid-March is often the first sign of summer at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Their arrival doesn’t make the same sort of headlines, but we have been able to gain a fascinating insight into their breeding behaviour in recent years at Rutland Water.

Waterfowl Count June 2015

Waterfowl Count June 2015

The Canada Goose was resident in the highest numbers in June with 772 counted. Closely followed by The Greylag Goose with 726. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count May 2015

Waterfowl Count May 2015

The Mallard was present in the highest numbers in May with 318 counted, closely followed by the Eurasian Coot with 291. Read n for the full figures.

It’s easy to make a difference

It’s easy to make a difference

Birdfair’s invaluable volunteers demonstrate just how easy it is to make a big difference, Read more to find out why…

Three chicks hatched in the Manton Bay nest over the weekend

Osprey chicks and BBC Springwatch

It was an incredibly exciting bank holiday weekend at Lyndon where all three of the Manton Bay Osprey chicks hatched. You can read the full story on the Osprey project website. Make sure you keep a close eye on the Osprey webcam too! The three newly-hatched Manton Bay Osprey chicks mean that 03(97) aka Mr […]

Dragonflies emerging on the reserve

Dragonflies emerging on the reserve

Recent dragonfly emergence.

"Black-headed gull in flight" by Charlesjsharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black-headed_gull_in_flight.jpg#/media/File:Black-headed_gull_in_flight.jpg

Waterfowl Count April 2015

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers during April, with 807 counted. The Black Headed Gull came in second with 569. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl count March 2015

Waterfowl count March 2015

The Eurasian Wigeon was taking advantage of the reservoir in the highest numbers in March with 2244 counted, followed by the Tufted Duck with 1062. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl count February 2015

Waterfowl count February 2015

The Eurasian Widgeon was present in the highest numbers in February with 2,891 counted, followed by the Tufted Duck with 2,122. Read on for the full figures.

Birdfair's Co-Founders, Tim Appleton and Martin Davies with Birdlife International's Chief Executive, Patricia Zurita.

Birdfair 2014 raises a record £280,000!

On Friday the Birdfair team presented a cheque of a record breaking £280,000 to Birdlife International to support the designation of new marine protected areas, and reveled the 2015 fundrasing project. Read more for details.

The team, happily holding our award!

‘Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve’!

Rutland Water Nature Reserve has won this publicly voted award!

Volunteers are vital to Rutland Water. DUring the afternoon Matt spoke to Dave Cole - the reserve's longest-standing volunteer

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” Aesop

Watch Countryfile this weekend (Sunday 8th Feb, 7pm BBC1) for the privilege of meeting one of our most treasured volunteers, David Cole, one of a highly committed team of over 350 volunteers, vital to the running of the reserve.

A Tufted Duck ringed at Rutland Water was recovered in Siberia nine years after it was ringed

From Russia with Love – Duck Ringing at Rutland Water

Duck ringing at Rutland Water – and numerous other sites around the UK – is enabling us to understand the migratory patterns of many different species. Read on for the full story.

An early start to filming on Lax Hill

Behind the scenes with BBC Countryfile

The week before last we welcomed Matt Baker and a film crew from BBC Countryfile to the reserve. Read on for the full story.

Photo by Ian Jones

Waterfowl count January 2015

Tufted Duck and Wigeon came out on top in January with 2738 and 2681 counted, respectively. Read on for the full figures.

Rutland Belle

Osprey Cruise Vouchers for 2015

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Employee Volunteering Days

Employee Volunteering Days

Our employee volunteering days offer a unique “behind the scenes” glimpse of Rutland Water Nature Reserve and its wildlife. It’s a day out of the office with a difference!

Mute Swan

Rutland Birds in Spring with Terry Mitcham

Join expert Terry Mitcham and learn about the best birding sites around Rutland!

Juvenile Long Tailed Tits

Bird Ringing Events

Join our resident ringing group for this demonstration

Volunteer Visitor Centre Assistants

Volunteer Visitor Centre Assistants

We ‘re looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with the day to day running of our two Visitor Centres between April and September.

Birds, Bugs and Boats

Birds, Bugs and Boats

Join us for our birds, bugs and boats bonanza! We will explore the reservoir and look for signs of birds and bugs! For 7 – 14 years old. £30 per child Friday 7th August – details and bookings