News

Here you will find news about the reserve including all improvements and progress being made in various reserve projects.

Terry's Friday Birdwatching Walks - 2018 Dates

Terry’s Friday Birdwatching Walks – 2018 Dates

You are now able to book monthly birdwatching walk for the first few months of 2018. The dates are:- Friday 26th January Friday 23rd February Friday 23rd March Full details and booking information on our events page – these walks are very popular and have limited spaces – early booking is advised.

Terry’s Friday Walk – Change of Date

Terry’s Friday walk arranged for the 24th November has now been changed to Friday 17th November!

Image -c Ian Jones

Birdwatching Events & Walks

New dates have just been added to our events schedule for the extremely popular birdwatching walks run by Terry Mitcham – local expert & bird recorder for the RNHS. These walks – run once a month on a Friday morning – are an excellent way to find out what is about on the reserve and […]

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

Click on the following link to open a PDF version of the 2016 Bird Ringing Report for Rutland Water Nature Reserve A Summary of Bird Ringing at Rutland Water 2016

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

Satellite tracking 2017

Satellite tracking 2017

We have been following 12-year-old female osprey 30(05) since she had her satellite transmitter fitted in 2013. Since then, she has migrated south to Senegal four times, and back north again four times! Read more to find out about 30(05)’s 2017 migration…

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

Welcome

Welcome

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is very pleased to welcome Dr Mat Cottam as the new Reserve Manager at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Mat replaces Tim Appleton who has retired after 42 years in the role. Tim oversaw the creation of the reserve and its development into an internationally important wetland. He also founded […]

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 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.

Winners all round thanks to monthly events and training

Winners all round thanks to monthly events and training

As a way of acknowledging and thanking our wonderful volunteers for all they do, we have a special programme of events and training specifically tailored for them. Thanks to the new Volunteer Training Centre and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund we have been able to expand this programme to include an activity nearly every week.

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…

Volunteer, Dave Cole, awarded Christopher Cadbury Medal

Volunteer, Dave Cole, awarded Christopher Cadbury Medal

The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts has awarded the 2016 Christopher Cadbury Medal for services to the advancement of nature conservation in the British Islands, to Dave Cole, naturalist and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust volunteer.

Photo: Joe Davis

A reedy big project…

Thanks to generous funding from Anglian Water, we’ve been able to undertake a much needed improvement project in our reed bed with the help of a floating amphibious excavator…

Water vole at Waderscrape, by Sue James

The Water Vole Project

The population of water voles at Rutland Water is now thriving, thanks to a successful reintroduction project. Read more here.