Froglets

Froglets

Spring is a wonderful time of year here at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Dragonflies emerging on the reserve

Dragonflies emerging on the reserve

Recent dragonfly emergence.

Waterfowl Count March 2013

Waterfowl Count March 2013

The Eurasian Widgeon was the most populous bird on the reserve in March with 2285. Click the pic for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count February 2013

Waterfowl Count February 2013

The Eurasian Coot was the most populous bird in February with 1000 counted.

Waterfowl Count May 2012

Waterfowl Count May 2012

The count is in. Here are the waterfowl figures for May.

The Caterpillar Project – one year on

The Caterpillar Project – one year on

We reflect on the hard work undertaken by Caterpillar during the past year.

Lepidoptera Count Rutland Water 2010

Lepidoptera Count Rutland Water 2010

Lepidoptera is a large order of insects that includes moths and butterflies (called lepidopterans).

Plant Records 2002

Plant Records 2002

Plant records for Rutland Water Nature Reserve, 2002. Compiled by Andy Lear.

New Paths & Hides

New Paths & Hides

We are delighted to announce that Kingfisher, Heron & Wigeon Hides are now open to the public and access to Lax Hill is now available from this side of the hill.

Broad Bodied Chaser © Will Kirstein

Wildlife Recording

In recent years we have placed greater emphasis on all aspects of wildlife recording. This has included creating electronic versions of the records of birds and other taxa that have been compiled since the reservoir was first formed.

Water Plants

Water Plants

On a recent staff training day to identify the plants growing around the Reserve, we were delighted to note the following list of water plants, including some rare species.

Checklist of Moths as at 2009

Checklist of Moths as at 2009

A Checklist of Moth species found on the reserve as of 2009

Fish Records

Fish Records

A list of the different species of fish found on the reserve.

Osprey

Spring Migrants

Here is a list of all the dates on which spring migrants have arrived at the reserve over the last 10 years

Breeding Birds

Breeding Birds

A list detailing the birds breeding on the reserve

Black-tailed Godwit Migration

Black-tailed Godwit Migration

This godwit was ringed in the Tejo estuary, Portugal as part of the same study on Icelandic godwits.

Bird watching record

Bird watching record

On Saturday, 25th April 2009, Matthew Berriman carried out a day-long birdwatch entirely from within the reservoir boundaries and saw 109 species, beating his own previous record set up in September 2001 by 8.

Osprey

Bird Photo Gallery

An alphabetical list of birds found on the reserve.

Reptile Photo Gallery

Reptile Photo Gallery

Some photos of reptiles found on the reserve.

Mammals Photo Gallery

Mammals Photo Gallery

A photo gallery of mammals found on the reserve

Amphibian Photo Gallery

Amphibian Photo Gallery

Here are some images of amphibians found on the reserve. Can you find more?

Insect Photo Gallery

Insect Photo Gallery

A selection of photos of insects that can be found on the reserve

A Sparrowhawk, ringed during the Birdfair in 2001

Bird Ringing

Bird ringing has been part of the reserve’s monitoring programme since the early days of Rutland Water in 1975.

Current Work

Current Work

To make way for the new wetlands areas, the volunteers and staff have recently been removing some fences and hedging.