Things to do

Rutland Water Nature Reserve offers a multitude of activities for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages throughout the year. From nature detectives to family drop-in days there is plenty to keep the kids happy during the holidays and provide opportunities to learn about wildlife and the natural world in a safe, fun and practical way.

Grown-ups looking to gain some practical heritage skills can join one of our interesting countryside courses, such as hedge-laying, dry-stone walling or charcoal burning to name a few. Or try your hand at a range of art and crafts, including photography, painting or willow weaving. We offer the chance to improve identification skills and experience nature close-up on one of our wildlife workshops, bird ringing demonstrations, dawn chorus walks and evening badger watches.

Get the whole family together and join the Rutland Osprey Project team aboard the Rutland Belle on one of our hugely popular Osprey and Wildlife Cruises. Hopefully you’ll see fishing ospreys – magnificent fish eating hawks – as well as spectacular views of Rutland Water.

There’s something for the whole family!

Please visit our events calendar page for details of when and where the activities take place. You can of course visit the reserve any time you like during opening hours to explore, watch the wildlife, learn about the countryside and chat to our expert staff.

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 […]

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

WildNet

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 […]

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.

Terry's Friday Walks

Terry’s Friday Walks

We are pleased to release the next four dates for Terry’s Friday Walks: April 27th: May 18th: June 22nd and July 20th.  Just click on the links and it will take you to the booking page!

Winter Wildfowl Day - results

Winter Wildfowl Day – results

Last Saturday we held a Winter Wildfowl Day.  On visiting various sites around the reservoir on this rather wet and cold day the group came back with an impressive list…..

Jeff with Purple Emperor (not on reserve)

Tuesday Nature Walks – 2018

We are pleased to announce 2018 dates for our popular Tuesday morning nature walks with local wildlife expert & volunteer Jeff Davies.

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.

Badgers

Badger Watch dates for 2018 announced!

We have a brilliant season of events coming up, including our popular badger watches!

Countryside Courses - New Dates

Countryside Courses – New Dates

Our Dry Stone Walling and Traditional Hedge Laying Courses have proved to be as popular as ever during 2017 and we are pleased to be able to offer dates for these courses going into 2018.

Family Drop In Days

Family Drop In Days

We are running a number of drop in days at our Egleton centre during 2017. Bring the family along to join in with pond dipping, bug hunting and nature related craft sessions. There is no need to book….just drop in! Full details of dates & timings can be found on the events page  

Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch

This time of year is great to visit and explore some of our nature reserves – happy Wildlife Watching!

Firecrest in trees in the Egleton Meadows at Rutland Water

A Guided Walk …….

Sign up for a walk with Jeff to explore the reserve and all the wildlife it has to offer.

New Countryside Courses Available!

New Countryside Courses Available!

New Dates for our ever popular Dry Stone Walling and Hedgelaying Courses

Dry Stone Walling

Dry Stone Walling

  We have finalised our Dry Stone Walling 2 day course dates! 2017 25th and 26th March 2017

Willow Weaving Flower Sculptures

Willow Weaving Flower Sculptures

Come along and spend a day creating a series of beautiful sculptural flowers for your home and garden. Starting with a simple flat flower you will progress onto more sculptural 3D projects This course is suitable for all ages. All materials, refreshments and lunch are included in the course fee. As places are limited we […]

2016 Wild Walks for parents and tots (or grandparents, aunties, uncles.........!)

2016 Wild Walks for parents and tots (or grandparents, aunties, uncles………!)

Come and explore the nature reserve with your little ones on one of our Wednesday morning Wild Walks – a relaxed introduction to some of our very special wildlife.     These walks begin at the Lyndon Visitor Centre at 10.30am and last for a couple of hours taking you on a journey of nature discovery on […]

2016 Wild Walks for all the family

2016 Wild Walks for all the family

Come and explore the reserve on one of our monthly Sunday afternoon walks. Suitable for the whole family, you will spend a couple of hours having a relaxed introduction to some of our very special wildlife. See our events listings for full details and booking information.

Badgers

Badger Watches – April to July 2016

We are excited to announce that we have confirmed the dates for our 2016 Badger Watches.

Landscape, Nature & Bird Photography Course 2016

Landscape, Nature & Bird Photography Course 2016

This One Day Digital Photography Course will  show you how to photograph landscapes, flowers, birds & other wildlife in their natural habitat is on Sunday May 1st – go to the events pages for more details. or visit http://www.digitalphotographycourses.co.uk

Looking for accommodation?

Looking for accommodation?

If you are visiting Rutland Water Nature Reserve for one of our two-day courses and need somewhere to stay, the Volunteer Training Centre (VTC) can provide a simple yet comfortable night’s sleep on a budget, in a beautiful setting.

Family Drop in Days 2016

Family Drop in Days 2016

Just drop in for a craft session and a bug hunt in our wonderful woodland! Hunt for bugs and beasties in the pond! Catch fantastic flying minibeasts, explore the nature reserve, and join in with craft activities for children.

Nature Explorers 2016

Nature Explorers 2016

Nature Explorers is a four part series of activity days aimed at children aged 5-10. The children will get to experience all four seasons and the fascinating changes they bring to the reserve.