Wildlife Recording

In recent years we have placed greater emphasis on all aspects of wildlife recording. This has included creating electronic versions of the records of birds and other taxa that have been compiled since the reservoir was first formed.

A Rutland Water Wildlife Recording Group has been established to bring together those who are interested or involved in any aspect of recording at Rutland Water. If you are interested in joining the group or helping to carry out recording please email Tim Appleton

One aspect of the work of the group is to make publicly available through this website lists of the species recorded. We hope, over the coming years, to update and add to the lists below.

Plant records

Click here for a list of 222 species compiled by Andy Lear, Assistant Warden, during 2002.

Moth Records

Lists complied by Ron Follows.
Since 1991, moth trapping has been regularly undertaken by different recorders at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Click here for the complete checklist (of 533 species) summarising the results of those efforts up to the end of 2006, including, for macro moths, details of National Status (per P Waring 1997) and Local Status (per Leicestershire Red Data Book Butterflies & Moths 1997).

For any further information please contact Ron Follows rj.follows@virgin.net

Brimstone Moth

Hoverfly records

Click here for a list of 124 species recorded by Brian Wetton during 2002

Ground Beetle records

Click here for a list of 62 species recorded by John Wright during 2001-2

Fish records

Click here for a list of 23 species compiled by Senior Warden, Martyn Aspinall. This includes all known records since the creation of the reservoir and reserve.
For further information please contact Martyn via the Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre.

Bird records

Please go to the separate page giving the current list of birds recorded


The Leicestershire & Rutland Dragonfly Group has a website with many features including an introduction to dragonflies and damselflies, an ID guide covering all the species to be recorded in the county, list and status information, the latest dragonfly news, a county dragonfly site guide, recording info (with downloadable recording forms) etc.

Broad Bodied Chaser © Will Kirstein