...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 […]

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 […]

A newly fledged Reed Bunting

A summary of Bird Ringing at Fieldfare Hide 2017 – By Chris Hughes

INTRODUCTION  Due to a variety of factors, only four ringing sessions were undertaken at the site in 2017 although all proved to be productive in terms of numbers of birds processed. They also included a few surprises. At each session only a limited number of nets were set so the numbers of birds breeding here […]

Wild Horizons: Brilliant Bryophytes

Wild Horizons: Brilliant Bryophytes

This weekend we were lucky to have bryophyte expert Uta Hamzaoui lead a workshop on mosses and liverworts for our Wild Horizons group. Uta is the bryophyte county recorder for Leicestershire and also works as a Conservation Officer for Leicester and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Bryophytes consist of mosses, liverworts and hornworts, and over 1,000 species […]

Tales from the (new) Trainees

Tales from the (new) Trainees

It’s a little overdue, but the time has come! We are the new trainee reserve officers (TROs) and we’ve come to the blog to say “hello!”. Let us introduce ourselves…

Wild Skills: Coppicing

Wild Skills: Coppicing

Our Wild Skills volunteering group for 13 -18 year olds meets once a month to carry out practical tasks around the nature reserve. Many of the members are working towards completing Duke of Edinburgh awards, and all have an interest in the natural world.

Photo by Sally Smurthwaite

30 Days Wild: Exploring Holme Fen Nature Reserve

Wild Horizons member and Rutland Nature Reserve volunteer Sally Smurthwaite shares her first visit to Holme Fen Nature Reserve as part of our 30 Days Wild blog series.

30 Days Wild: A hedgehog hunt

30 Days Wild: A hedgehog hunt

Former Trainee Reserve Officer, Anya Wicikowski sends her 30 Days Wild blog all the way from Malawi where she is currently studying the African Hedgehog!

30 Days Wild: Lots of life at Lyndon

30 Days Wild: Lots of life at Lyndon

Osprey Information Officer, Holly Hucknall, shares her random act of work-wildness as part of our 30 Days Wild blog series.

30 days wild: learning new skills to care for wildlife

30 days wild: learning new skills to care for wildlife

Wild Horizons member Charlotte Blunt shares her day learning to care for rescued wildlife as part of our 30 Days Wild blog series,

30 Days Wild: Dry Stone Walling

30 Days Wild: Dry Stone Walling

Trainee Reserve Officer, Luke, shares his experience of dry stone walling as part of our 30 Days Wild blog series

Photo by Barrie Galpin

30 Days Wild: Creaks and drumming at dusk

As part of 30 Days Wild throughout June we’ll be posting blogs from staff, volunteers and members of the public sharing their wild experiences, hopefully they’ll provide inspiration on how you can make your life a little bit more wild this month! In this blog volunteer Barrie Galpin shares a fantastic experience – listening for corncrakes on the Nene Washes.

A Summary of Bird Ringing at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in 2016

A Summary of Bird Ringing at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in 2016

Read a PDF version of the 2016 Bird Ringing Report for Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Members of Wild Horizons. Photo by Dale Martin

Wild Horizons: Bird Ringing & Species Reintroductions

Wild Horizons member Amy Hall fills us in on the latest workshops – a ringing demonstration and a workshop on species re-introductions.

Looking to kick-start your career in conservation?

Looking to kick-start your career in conservation?

We’re recruiting Volunteer Trainee Reserve Officers

Maisie's work experience blog

Maisie’s work experience blog

Maisie joined the Rutland Water Nature Reserve team this week on a work experience placement – find out how she got on here…

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

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 summary of bird ringing at Fieldfare Hide in 2016

A summary of bird ringing at Fieldfare Hide in 2016

A permit holder and ringing trainer Chris Hughes undertakes regular mist netting sessions throughout the spring and summer by Fieldfare Hide on the south of lagoon 1. Read his report on 2016 here…

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.

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…