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.

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. Whatever your level of experience you are guaranteed an enjoyable and informative few hours on the Reserve. Ticket price includes parking and access to the Nature Reserve for the remainder of the day […]

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.

Badgers

Badger Watch dates for 2018 soon to be announced!

We are in the middle of planning 2018 Badger Watches when you can join our Trainee Reserve Officers for a couple of hours of early evening badger watching from our purpose built hide – you may also see a few more nocturnal visitors such as owls, bats. deer & foxes. Full details available soon giving […]

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. Under the expert guidance of John Shone of Rutland Willows these weekend courses provide an introduction to these ancient heritage […]

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 […]

Dry Stone Walling Course - Additional Date

Dry Stone Walling Course – Additional Date

Due to the popularity of this course we are happy to be able to offer additional dates over the weekend of 20th & 21st May 2017. You will learn about this ancient craft by preparing and building a section of wall on the reserve. Full details can be found on our events pages.

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.

Noctule, by John Wright

Open Your Ears

Bat Walk and Talk.

Nature Detectives 2016

Nature Detectives 2016

The perfect opportunity to learn about our native wildlife. A great boredom buster!

Hootingly Haunted Halloween 2016

Hootingly Haunted Halloween 2016

All the fun of a Halloween party with none of the fuss!

Frightful Reserve Ramble 2016

Frightful Reserve Ramble 2016

Come along to carve a pumpkin, make a lantern and explore the reserve at dusk!

2016 Birds, Bugs, and Boats!

2016 Birds, Bugs, and Boats!

Take to the water to tour the reservoir and hunt for wildlife!