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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.
By SarahB on October 19, 2018
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.
By SarahB on October 13, 2018
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 […]
By Julia on August 31, 2018
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
By Community Engagement Officer on May 29, 2018
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 […]
By Julia on March 10, 2018
The Lyndon Visitor Centre is now open! Hours are 9am to 5pm and the gates to the car park close at 8pm.
By Julia on February 7, 2018
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!
Posted in Wildlife Events
By Julia on January 23, 2018
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…..
By SarahB on November 18, 2017
We are pleased to announce 2018 dates for our popular Tuesday morning nature walks with local wildlife expert & volunteer Jeff Davies.
By SarahB on October 21, 2017
You are now able to book monthly birdwatching walk for the first few months of 2018.
We have a brilliant season of events coming up, including our popular badger watches!
By SarahB on July 29, 2017
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.
By SarahB on January 27, 2017
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
By Julia on September 22, 2016
This time of year is great to visit and explore some of our nature reserves – happy Wildlife Watching!
By Julia on May 3, 2016
Sign up for a walk with Jeff to explore the reserve and all the wildlife it has to offer.
By Dale Martin on April 26, 2016
New Dates for our ever popular Dry Stone Walling and Hedgelaying Courses
By SarahP on April 22, 2016
We have finalised our Dry Stone Walling 2 day course dates! 2017 25th and 26th March 2017
By SarahB on March 12, 2016
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 […]
By SarahB on February 14, 2016
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 […]
By SarahB on February 14, 2016
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.
By SarahB on January 30, 2016
We are excited to announce that we have confirmed the dates for our 2016 Badger Watches.
By Julia on January 5, 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
By Community Engagement Officer on December 9, 2015
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.
Posted in Countryside Courses
By Joelle on November 6, 2015
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.
By Joelle on November 6, 2015
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.
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