30 DAYS WILD Dawn Osprey Cruise

Saturday 9th June 2018 - 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Location: Whitwell Harbour

Address: Whitwell Park

One of the most exciting ways of seeing ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. The idea is simple; we sail to the parts of the reservoir where we stand the best chance of seeing fishing ospreys and, with a bit of luck, are rewarded with spectacular views. On many occasions we have enjoyed breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish very close to the boat, making it a trip to remember for those lucky enough to be on board.


Osprey with fish, photo by John Wright


Dawn cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise. On arrival back at Whitwell we will drive around to the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre for a well-earned cooked breakfast. Breakfast will consist of a bacon and egg roll, or a vegetarian option of egg and mushrooms. Please specify on booking whether you have any dietary requirements e.g. gluten free. 

Early mornings are a magical time to be out on the reservoir, and if 2015 dawn cruises are anything to go by, we should be in for some spectacular views of Ospreys. Tickets for dawn cruises are priced at £25 for adults and £15 for under 16s.

In addition to your cruise ticket you will also receive a 20% discount on the permit entry price to the nature reserve on the day of the cruise. Nature reserve permits cover the Egleton (LE15 8BT) and Lyndon (LE15 8RN) sites of Rutland Water and with nearly 40 hides there is lots to see and do to fill a day. The permit includes parking at the reserve. For more information about the reserves click here.

All parking costs at Whitwell are covered by your cruise booking – we will issue tickets on the cruise for use at the exit barrier at Whitwell’s car park.

CLICK HERE to book your ticket online or call 01572 653024. 

PLEASE NOTE: Cruise tickets are non-refundable, under any circumstances. However, provided we have no less than two weeks’ notice, we can move your booking to a different date should you be unable to attend the one booked. We are only able to do this once. We cannot reschedule cruise dates for those who fail to turn up on the day or arrive late.

For more information about cruises, click here.

Matt's sunrise 18th July

Sunrise over the Rutland Belle, photo by Matt Broadhead

Online bookings are not available for this event.