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.

A Sand Martin feeding its newly-hatched chicks in the artificial bank beside lagoon 2

Sand Martin Nest Cam

Thanks to funding from The Caterpillar Foundation there are now two artificial Sand Martin banks at the reserve. A generous donation from the Rutland Natural History Society has enabled the installation of a special live camera, viewable on a big screen within the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre.

2nd Summer Arctic Terns at Rutland Water

2nd Summer Arctic Terns at Rutland Water

On Friday the 30th May 2014 Chris Lythall spotted these Arctic terns in the North Arm of Rutland Water.

Waterfowl Count March 2014

Waterfowl Count March 2014

The Eurasian Widgeon was the most populous bird on the reserve in March with 1457 spotted by our volunteers. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count February 2014

Waterfowl Count February 2014

The Eurasian Widgeon was the most populous bird on the reserve in February with 2295 counted, closely followed by the Northern Lapwing with 1941 counted. Read on for the full figures.

First Little Egret ringed in Rutland in 2011.

What are the chances?

In June 2011 Reserve Manager Tim Appleton and I took a walk into the Burley Fishponds to look for signs that Little Egrets might be breeding in this area – this would be the first ever recorded breeding for the county.

Waterfowl Count January 2014

Waterfowl Count January 2014

The Eurasian Widgeon was present on the reserve in the highest numbers in January 2014 with 2981 counted. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count December 2013

Waterfowl Count December 2013

The Eurasian Wigeon was present in the highest numbers in December with 2945 counted, just ahead of the Northern Lapwing with 2822 counted. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count November 2013

Waterfowl Count November 2013

The Eurasian Widgeon came out on top in November with a species population of 5310. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count October 2013

Waterfowl Count October 2013

The Eurasian Widgeon stayed in the greatest numbers in October with 8098 counted. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count September 2013

Waterfowl Count September 2013

The Tufted Duck came out on top in the figures with 3787 spotted, followed by The Eurasian Coot with 3059. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count August 2013

Waterfowl Count August 2013

The Tufted Duck, Mallard and Eurasian Coot were spotted most in August. Click the pic for the full figures.

2013 - 2015 Butterfly Counts

2013 – 2015 Butterfly Counts

Lots of butterflies are spotted on the Laxhill Transect. Many thanks to Brian Webster for these counts.

Waterfowl Count July 2013

Waterfowl Count July 2013

The Tufted Duck was the most populous bird in July with 1472 counted, followed by the Eurasian Coot with 951 and the Northern Lapwing with 902. Click the pic for the full figures.

Sweep-netting for invertebrates in the meadows at Egleton

Bioblitz 2013 results

So how many species of wildlife are there at Rutland Water Nature Reserve? Its not an easy question to answer. Click the pic to find out the Bioblitz 2013 results.

Waterfowl Count June 2013

Waterfowl Count June 2013

The Canada Goose was the most populous bird on the reserve in June with 810 counted, closely followed by the Greylag Goose with 692 counted. Click the pic for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count May 2013

Waterfowl Count May 2013

Our spotters found the Mallard to have the biggest population on the reserve in May, with 378 counted. The Tufted Duck (pic) wasn’t far behind with 263. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count April 2013

Waterfowl Count April 2013

The Tufted Duck had the biggest population in April, with 606 counted. Click the pic to read the full figures.

Waterfowl Count March 2013

Waterfowl Count March 2013

The Eurasian Widgeon was the most populous bird on the reserve in March with 2285. Click the pic for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count February 2013

Waterfowl Count February 2013

The Eurasian Coot was the most populous bird in February with 1000 counted.

Waterfowl Count January 2013

Waterfowl Count January 2013

The Eurasian Widgeon was the most populous bird on the reserve this month with 2314 spotted, followed by the Tufted Duck with 1276 and the Eurasian Coot with 1089. Click the pic for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count December 2012

Waterfowl Count December 2012

The Tufted Duck was the most populous bird on the reserve in December with 3496 recorded, second was the Eurasian Coot with 2117 recorded. Click the pic for full figures.

Waterfowl Count November 2012

Waterfowl Count November 2012

The Common (Mew) Gull was the most populous resident on the reserve in November with over 20,000 sighted

Waterfowl Count October 2012

Waterfowl Count October 2012

4984 Tufted Ducks counted on the reserve this month and 1936 Eurasian Coots. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count September 2012

Waterfowl Count September 2012

This months most populous bird was the Tufted Duck with 4,606 counted, followed by the Eurasian Coot with 1,952. Click the pic for the full count.