The Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre with its superb facilities is located on the Egleton area of the nature reserve. It is open daily throughout the year from 9:00am to 5:00pm (4:00pm November – April) and is a good place to start your visit. The Centre is clearly signposted from the A6003 road, 1 mile south of Oakham.
A second Visitor Centre at Lyndon is located on the south shore near the village of Manton.
Dogs: to safeguard wildlife, grazing sheep and cattle, dogs are not allowed on the Egleton area of the nature reserve. At Lyndon, dogs are allowed, but they must be kept on a lead.
View of Lagoon 1 from the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton
The shop has a wide variety of gifts including:
- A range of bird feeders and bird seed
- Original artwork by John Wright and other local wildlife artists
- Rutland Ospreys, specially designed mugs and T-shirts
- A variety of bird books for beginners and experts alike.
- Gifts and souvenirs to suit young and old
- Smaller items for children to purchase
All profits from the shop go to the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Home of the Osprey
The extended Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre was officially opened by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on 28 June 2001. Prince Philip met and talked with volunteers and staff before unveiling a magnificent wooden sculpture of an Osprey by Trevor Bent. The sculpture has been mounted in the reception/shop area of the visitor centre.
A birds eye view
The image above middle shows the easterly aspect of the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre in glorious autumn colours – this is the view that the birds see of the Centre from Lagoon 1.
The Rutland Environmental Education Centre
The Rutland Environmental Education Centre forms part of the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre and comrises a large multi-purpose classroom / meeting room which is available to hire. It offers unrivalled views across the nature reserve as well as the latest technology and flexible arrangements for school and education groups, meetings, workshops or social events.
Exhibition & Interpretation Area
The exhibition and interpretation area has a range of interactive displays of interest to kids and adults alike.
During the summer months there is also an extensive display about the Rutland Osprey Project, with video images from an Osprey nest and volunteers on hand to provide the latest news and updates.