Wildlife

Here you will find information about all the wildlife on the reserve. To send us information about a sighting, please use our visitor sightings page.

Waterfowl Count January 2016

Waterfowl Count January 2016

The Eurasian Widgeon was the most populous species on the reserve in January with 2993 recorded. Read on for the full figures.

Pintail photographed by Ian Jones

2015 Report of Lagoons 5-8

Nigel Messenger has compiled an excellent diary of the goings-on at the new lagoons throughout 2015 – interesting reading for birders!

Waterfowl Count December 2015

Waterfowl Count December 2015

It’s a close one! The Tufted Duck population topped the board in December with 2179 counted, closely followed by the Eurasian Widgeon with only 16 less. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count November 2015

Waterfowl Count November 2015

The Eurasian Widgeon was present on the reserve in the highest numbers in November, with 2406 counted, closely followed by the Tufted Duck with 2133. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count October 2015

Waterfowl Count October 2015

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers in October with 2,601 counted, followed by the Eurasian Widgeon with 2,512.

Waterfowl Count September 2015

Waterfowl Count September 2015

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers in September, with a whopping 8141 counted. Read on for the full figures.

A Tufted Duck ringed at Rutland Water was recovered in Siberia nine years after it was ringed

Waterfowl Count August 2015

The most populous residents on the reserve in August were 2,692 Tufted Ducks, followed by the Eurasian Coot with 1,245 recorded. Read on for the full figures.

A Tufted Duck ringed at Rutland Water was recovered in Siberia nine years after it was ringed

Waterfowl Count July 2015

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers in July with 1470 spotted. Closely followed by the Eurasian Coot, Mallard & Canada Goose with 1000, 980 & 934 counted respectively.

Froglets

Froglets

Spring is a wonderful time of year here at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

This year the ringing team caught this five-year-old Sand Martin

Banking on success

A lone Sand Martin twisting and turning over the lagoons on a misty morning in mid-March is often the first sign of summer at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Their arrival doesn’t make the same sort of headlines, but we have been able to gain a fascinating insight into their breeding behaviour in recent years at Rutland Water.

Waterfowl Count June 2015

Waterfowl Count June 2015

The Canada Goose was resident in the highest numbers in June with 772 counted. Closely followed by The Greylag Goose with 726. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count May 2015

Waterfowl Count May 2015

The Mallard was present in the highest numbers in May with 318 counted, closely followed by the Eurasian Coot with 291. Read n for the full figures.

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.

Dragonflies emerging on the reserve

Dragonflies emerging on the reserve

Recent dragonfly emergence.

"Black-headed gull in flight" by Charlesjsharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black-headed_gull_in_flight.jpg#/media/File:Black-headed_gull_in_flight.jpg

Waterfowl Count April 2015

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers during April, with 807 counted. The Black Headed Gull came in second with 569. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl count March 2015

Waterfowl count March 2015

The Eurasian Wigeon was taking advantage of the reservoir in the highest numbers in March with 2244 counted, followed by the Tufted Duck with 1062. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl count February 2015

Waterfowl count February 2015

The Eurasian Widgeon was present in the highest numbers in February with 2,891 counted, followed by the Tufted Duck with 2,122. Read on for the full figures.

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.

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.

Waterfowl Count October 2014

Waterfowl Count October 2014

The Eurasian Widgeon was spotted in the highest numbers during October, with 4458 counted. Click the pic for the full list of October residents.

Waterfowl Count September 2014

Waterfowl Count September 2014

The Tufted Duck was present in the largest numbers in September, closely followed by the Eurasian Coot. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count August 2014

Waterfowl Count August 2014

The Tufted Duck was the most populous bird on the reserve in August with 2271 counted. Read on for the full figures.