Sand Martins

Rutland Water Nature Reserve has to two artificial sand martin banks, which are home to hundreds of sand martin families each summer. We monitor the banks carefully, follow the news below for the latest reports.

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.

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.