News

Here you will find news about the reserve including all improvements and progress being made in various reserve projects.

Members of Wild Horizons. Photo by Dale Martin

Wild Horizons: Bird Ringing & Species Reintroductions

Wild Horizons member Amy Hall fills us in on the latest workshops – a ringing demonstration and a workshop on species re-introductions.

Looking to kick-start your career in conservation?

Looking to kick-start your career in conservation?

We’re recruiting Volunteer Trainee Reserve Officers

Satellite tracking 2017

Satellite tracking 2017

We have been following 12-year-old female osprey 30(05) since she had her satellite transmitter fitted in 2013. Since then, she has migrated south to Senegal four times, and back north again four times! Read more to find out about 30(05)’s 2017 migration…

Maisie's work experience blog

Maisie’s work experience blog

Maisie joined the Rutland Water Nature Reserve team this week on a work experience placement – find out how she got on here…

Wild Horizons Workshop - Engaging young people with nature

Wild Horizons Workshop – Engaging young people with nature

Wild Horizons member Joe Bodycote shares news and thoughts from our most recent workshop

Welcome

Welcome

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is very pleased to welcome Dr Mat Cottam as the new Reserve Manager at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Mat replaces Tim Appleton who has retired after 42 years in the role. Tim oversaw the creation of the reserve and its development into an internationally important wetland. He also founded […]

Wild Skills: nest box building

Wild Skills: nest box building

On Sunday our Wild Skills members met for their first session of 2017. It may have been a cool, grey winters day but our minds were on preparation for the spring!

A first for Leicestershire and Rutland - first winter male Surf Scoter

A first for Leicestershire and Rutland – first winter male Surf Scoter

The Surf Scoter can still be seen from the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir. Read more for details.

Winter wildlife at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Winter wildlife at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water Nature Reserve is synonymous with one famous summer visitor in particular – the Osprey. But there’s a whole host of other wildlife to see throughout the year, and the winter is no exception.

Winners all round thanks to monthly events and training

Winners all round thanks to monthly events and training

As a way of acknowledging and thanking our wonderful volunteers for all they do, we have a special programme of events and training specifically tailored for them. Thanks to the new Volunteer Training Centre and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund we have been able to expand this programme to include an activity nearly every week.

Over-wintering osprey project volunteers work hard at Lyndon

Over-wintering osprey project volunteers work hard at Lyndon

The Lyndon Visitor Centre closes each year from mid-September when the ospreys leave Rutland, and re-opens in the spring to coincide with the ospreys’ return. However, this does not mean that all work ceases…

Volunteer, Dave Cole, awarded Christopher Cadbury Medal

Volunteer, Dave Cole, awarded Christopher Cadbury Medal

The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts has awarded the 2016 Christopher Cadbury Medal for services to the advancement of nature conservation in the British Islands, to Dave Cole, naturalist and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust volunteer.

Photo: Joe Davis

A reedy big project…

Thanks to generous funding from Anglian Water, we’ve been able to undertake a much needed improvement project in our reed bed with the help of a floating amphibious excavator…

Water vole at Waderscrape, by Sue James

The Water Vole Project

The population of water voles at Rutland Water is now thriving, thanks to a successful reintroduction project. Read more here.

Water Vole Survey Report

Water Vole Survey Report

Here is a very interesting and informative report, written by mammal recorder Linda Biddle, detailing the reintroduction of water voles to Rutland, their subsequent monitoring and results. This report was published in the Leicestershire and Rutland Recorder issue 12, 2016.

Wild Horizons' visit Donna Nook NNR

Wild Horizons’ visit Donna Nook NNR

Wild Horizons’ member Amy Hall tells us all about a rather soggy trip to see the seals!

Photo: Joe Davis

New kit, big difference

Joe tells us all about a new piece of kit that will improve the way we manage our grasslands

Photo by Amy Hall

Wild Horizons’ boardwalk build

Amy Hall fills us in on the Wild Horizons team’s latest experience – building boardwalk

Island clearance

Island clearance

One of the biggest jobs our habitat team undertake in the autumn is island clearance – but why do we do it? Joe tells us more…

Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch

This time of year is great to visit and explore some of our nature reserves – happy Wildlife Watching!

Firecrest in trees in the Egleton Meadows at Rutland Water

A Guided Walk …….

Sign up for a walk with Jeff to explore the reserve and all the wildlife it has to offer.

Dry Stone Walling

Dry Stone Walling

  We have finalised our Dry Stone Walling 2 day course dates! 2017 25th and 26th March 2017

Volunteering at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Volunteering at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Would you like to get involved with volunteering at the nature reserve? We are looking for 2016 weekend osprey volunteers, and more!

Long-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

The Long-billed Dowitcher is still here and can be seen from Shoveler Hide.  This picture was taken by Donald Talbot yesterday.