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 summary of bird ringing at Fieldfare Hide in 2016

A summary of bird ringing at Fieldfare Hide in 2016

A permit holder and ringing trainer Chris Hughes undertakes regular mist netting sessions throughout the spring and summer by Fieldfare Hide on the south of lagoon 1. Read his report on 2016 here…

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.

Waterfowl Count August 2016

Waterfowl Count August 2016

2,436 Tufted Ducks were present on the reserve in August, 953 Canada Geese, 862 Coots, plus 37 other species.

Waterfowl Count July 2016

Waterfowl Count July 2016

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers during July, with 960 counted. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count June 2016

Waterfowl Count June 2016

771 Canada Geese were observed during the June count, closely followed in number by the Greylag Goose with 705 spotted. Read on for the full figures.

Looking back: a year as a trainee

Looking back: a year as a trainee

Amelia Woolford looks back on her year as a T Permit holder in 2015

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at the Green Bank

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at the Green Bank

Peter Robinson reports back on bird ringing undertaken at the Green Bank in 2015

2015 Report: Cormorant Colour Ringing

2015 Report: Cormorant Colour Ringing

Garry reports back on the cormorant colour ringing project

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at Lyndon

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at Lyndon

Garry and Candice report back on ringing undertaken at Lyndon in 2015

Volunteer at Birdfair 2015!

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at Fieldfare Hide

Chris Hughes reports on a year of ringing at Fieldfare Hide

Waterfowl Count May 2016

Waterfowl Count May 2016

377 Mallards were present for the May count, putting them at the top of the list, followed by 294 Greylag Geese.

Waterfowl Count March 2016

Waterfowl Count March 2016

The Eurasian Widgeon was once again present in the highest numbers in March. 1,555 were spotted by our team, down from 2,430 in February.

Waterfowl Count February 2016

Waterfowl Count February 2016

The Eurasian Widgeon was present in the highest numbers in February with 2,430 counted. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count January 2016

Waterfowl Count January 2016

The Eurasian Widgeon was the most populous species on the reserve in January with 2993 recorded. Read on for the full figures.

Pintail photographed by Ian Jones

2015 Report of Lagoons 5-8

Nigel Messenger has compiled an excellent diary of the goings-on at the new lagoons throughout 2015 – interesting reading for birders!

Waterfowl Count December 2015

Waterfowl Count December 2015

It’s a close one! The Tufted Duck population topped the board in December with 2179 counted, closely followed by the Eurasian Widgeon with only 16 less. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count November 2015

Waterfowl Count November 2015

The Eurasian Widgeon was present on the reserve in the highest numbers in November, with 2406 counted, closely followed by the Tufted Duck with 2133. Read on for the full figures.

Waterfowl Count October 2015

Waterfowl Count October 2015

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers in October with 2,601 counted, followed by the Eurasian Widgeon with 2,512.

Waterfowl Count September 2015

Waterfowl Count September 2015

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers in September, with a whopping 8141 counted. Read on for the full figures.

A Tufted Duck ringed at Rutland Water was recovered in Siberia nine years after it was ringed

Waterfowl Count August 2015

The most populous residents on the reserve in August were 2,692 Tufted Ducks, followed by the Eurasian Coot with 1,245 recorded. Read on for the full figures.

A Tufted Duck ringed at Rutland Water was recovered in Siberia nine years after it was ringed

Waterfowl Count July 2015

The Tufted Duck was present in the highest numbers in July with 1470 spotted. Closely followed by the Eurasian Coot, Mallard & Canada Goose with 1000, 980 & 934 counted respectively.

Froglets

Froglets

Spring is a wonderful time of year here at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

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.