Cormac (L) with Claire and Matt, last years trainees, at Birdfair

Tales from the Trainees: Introducing Cormac

A blog from Cormac Adlard, who joins Abi Mustard to complete our Trainee Reserve Officer team for 2018/19! Hi everyone, I’m Cormac and I’m one of the TROs for the next year! Born and raised in a little corner of North East Lincolnshire, not far from the popular Donna Nook Nature Reserve. Growing up on […]

Tales from the Trainees: Abi's story

Tales from the Trainees: Abi’s story

A blog by new Trainee Reserve Officer Abi Mustard, an old friend of the nature reserve back to join us in a new role after completing her degree. “The natural world is the greatest source of excitement.  The greatest source of visual beauty.  It is the greatest source of so much of life that makes […]

Winter Birdwatching Events

Winter Birdwatching Events

Our early 2019 dates for Friday Birdwatching Walks with Terry Mitcham are now arranged and bookable on our events pages. Terry is also running a popular Winter Wildfowl Day around the reservoir on 19th January which is now also available to book.  See our events pages for full details. 

Christmas Willow Angel

Willow Weaving Festive Decor Course – Extra Session Available

Due to popular demand we have pleasure in offering an extra session of festive themed willow weaving from 10am to 12pm on Saturday December 1st at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton. You have a choice of making either an angel or a wreath or, if you’re feeling ambitious, both. Full details and booking […]

Vacancy: Assistant Reserve Officer

Vacancy: Assistant Reserve Officer

This is an exciting opportunity to work at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Earthworm photo by Richard Burkmarr

Wonderful Worms

Every year, The Wildlife Trust works with the RHS to bring you ‘Wild About Gardens’, and this year the theme is ‘Go Wild for Worms’. These wriggly fellows are well known to gardeners all over. At first glance they might not seem particularly special, but they’re essential for our soils and wildlife. There are no […]

Lyndon Centre

Lyndon Nature Reserve Visitor Centre and Hide News

This week saw the start of an exciting  project to completely replace Shallow Water Hide on the Lyndon Nature Reserve on the south shore.  The Visitor Centre will close its doors at 5pm on Sunday 9th September and will re open in the middle of March 2019.  The nature reserve however remains open to the […]

Discovering Bats – last few places

The forecast for this evening looks good so why not join us for the  evening workshop on British bats. The evening session will involve a guided bat walk to listen and identify the bats using bat detectors. £10 per person. Booking Essential. For more information phone 01572 770 651 book here

We collected 16 bin bags full of rubbish

A Wild Weekend

Following on from the success of last years’ visit, we were joined once more this weekend by ‘Keeping it Wild’, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts’ youth group. They joined our 2 youth groups, Wild Skills (for 13-18 year olds) and Wild Horizons (18-30 year olds) for a weekend of activities here at Rutland Water. The group started […]

Oakham residents - we need you!

Oakham residents – we need you!

We have some exciting news – the Rutland Osprey Project recently entered the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme and happily we have been selected as one of their 3 charities for the summer! If you aren’t familiar with the scheme, here’s how it works… Our project, along with the two other successful projects in the […]

Common Blue by Sarah Proud

30 Days Wild: A blog by Volunteer & Events Coordinator Sarah Proud

Butterflies are looking resplendent for 30 Days Wild


30 Days Wild: A blog by work experience student Gabby

30 Days Wild is nearing a close now, and this week we have had work experience student Gabby with us taking part in all sorts of wild activities on the nature reserve. Below Gabby writes about her week.  Work experience week 25th/06/18 – 29th/06/18 I started my work experience on Monday 25th at Lyndon osprey […]

Some of our Wild Skills members

30 Days Wild: A blog by Community Engagement Officer Holly Hucknall

We are nearly at the end of 30 Days Wild now – what kind of wild activities have you been getting up to?  Sunday 24th June was the day of our June Wild Skills meeting. Wild Skills is a volunteer group for 13-18 year olds. We meet once a month and complete all sorts of […]

30 Days Wild: A blog by Wild Horizons member Hannah

30 Days Wild: A blog by Wild Horizons member Hannah

Today’s 30 Days Wild blog post comes from Wild Horizons member Hannah. How have you been keeping wild this month? Much though a hermit’s life on an island of nesting seabirds sometimes appeals, my career has led me to a city centre apprenticeship in healthcare. As small cogs in a mighty machine, most staff rapidly […]

30 Days Wild: A blog by Osprey Volunteer Sally-Ann

30 Days Wild: A blog by Osprey Volunteer Sally-Ann

What have you been getting up to for 30 Days Wild? Here volunteer Sally-Ann shares her experience of volunteering on the osprey project at Rutland Water. The magic of ospreys: volunteering at Rutland Water I am a volunteer on the osprey reintroduction project at Rutland Water. I’m one of an army of volunteers dedicated to […]

The ash tree in Ken's garden

30 Days Wild: A blog by Osprey Education Officer Ken Davies

We are now well into the swing of 30 Days Wild, and we thought it would be nice to share some of the ‘random acts of wildness’ our staff and volunteers have been undertaking. In today’s blog post, Osprey Education Officer Ken Davies shares a story from a different perspective.  ‘Mum, there’s a man up […]


30 Days Wild: Have you signed up yet?

It’s not long now until 30 Days Wild starts and here at the reserve we are really looking forward to it! For those of you not familiar with 30 Days Wild, the idea is to commit to doing something wild every day for the month of June. You can sign up for 30 Days Wild […]

Footpath Maintenance 24/05/2018

Footpath Maintenance 24/05/2018

Thursday 24th May 2018  Tomorrow we will be resurfacing the tracks south of the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre (Egleton), towards lax hill. This means that for one day only, there will be no access to the hides south of Woodpecker Hide.  Lagoons 1 to 4, and Lyndon will be open as usual! UPDATE Work is […]

Recruitment has begun for our next intake of Trainees...

Recruitment has begun for our next intake of Trainees…

Looking to kick-start your career in conservation? We’re recruiting Volunteer Trainee Reserve Officers

...and the tree planting area more recently, covered in bluebells

Tree planting within Hambleton Wood

A blog by Reserves Office Paul Trevor If you’ve visited Hambleton Wood recently, you might have noticed some changes. Over the course of this winter we have set about a programme of tree planting within Hambleton wood. We have planted up an area that was previously dominated by bracken with a mix of broadleaf trees […]

Will 6k have more luck that 51(11) and 3J(13)?

A New Osprey on the Reserve

A blog post by Rutland Osprey Project Officer, Anya Wicikowski Last week we were excited to discover that 6K(14), a Rutland osprey hatched in 2014, had arrived back at Rutland Water for the first time! 6K fledged from a nest on private land 4 years ago. This year it appears he is raising the stakes (or […]

30 Days Wild!

30 Days Wild!

It might seem a long way away after our recent snowfall, but this June 30 Days Wild returns for it’s 4th year! For those of you new to 30 Days Wild, it is simply a challenge, from the Wildlife Trusts to you, to do something wild every day for the month of June. This could […]

Lyndon Visitor Centre News

Lyndon Visitor Centre News

The Lyndon Visitor Centre is now open! Hours are 9am to 5pm and the gates to the car park close at 8pm.

Winter Wildlife Walks: An Account by Ken Davies

Winter Wildlife Walks: An Account by Ken Davies

Osprey Project Education Officer and author of the ‘Ozzie’ series of books, Ken Davies, has written this account of winter visits to Rutland Water Nature Reserve. When I was a boy I loved books with stories about groups of young people who simply went out for long days in the countryside, on foot or a […]