Maya and 33 in Manton Bay

Ospreys at Rutland Water

Ospreys are present at Rutland Water from March to September each year! Read more about their decline, reintroduction and breeding success here.

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.

Photo by Ian Jones

Waterfowl Count December 2014

The Tufted Duck came out on top in December with 3479 counted, closely follow by the Eurasian Widgeon with 2648. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count November 2014

Waterfowl Count November 2014

The Tufted Duck was spotted in the highest numbers in November with 3841 spotted, closely followed by the Eurasian Coot with 3324 spotted. Click the pic for the full figures.

A Sand Martin feeding its newly-hatched chicks in the artificial bank beside lagoon 2

Sand Martin Nest Cam

Thanks to funding from The Caterpillar Foundation there are now two artificial Sand Martin banks at the reserve. A generous donation from the Rutland Natural History Society has enabled the installation of a special live camera, viewable on a big screen within the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre.

Sweep-netting for invertebrates in the meadows at Egleton

Bioblitz 2013 results

So how many species of wildlife are there at Rutland Water Nature Reserve? Its not an easy question to answer. Click the pic to find out the Bioblitz 2013 results.

Lesser Emperor - a first for Rutland

Lesser Emperor – a first for Rutland

Yesterday afternoon John Wright took this superb photo of a Lesser Emperor from Shallow Water hide.

Bioblitz - the results

Bioblitz – the results

The weekend before last we hosted our first-ever Bioblitz at the reserve. Click to read the results.

Xanthoria Parietina

Rutland’s ‘Burning Bushes’

Rutland Water is not just important for birds, as Wildlife Recorder Ivan Pedley explains…

Drake Gadwall

Another Record Wildfowl Count

To hear more about these record numbers make sure you tune in to Sally Pepper Goes Wild on BBC East Midlands Today at 6:30pm tomorrow (Thursday) evening.

male Gadwall

Record-breaking Ducks

If you have visited the reserve recently the chances are you will have seen a duck or two. Our bleary-eyed WeBS volunteers recorded an incredible 27701 ducks on the October wildfowl count – a record for the reserve.