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Bird watching in Rutland

 

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water Nature ReserveThis internationally famous nature reserve is managed in partnership with Anglian Water and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 20,000 waterfowl. It is a site of special scientific interest, is designated as a European Special Protection Area and internationally recognised as a globally important wetland RAMSAR site.

The famous British Birdwatching Fair is held here.

 

SSSIs

Rutland Water, Grafham Water and Pitsford Water Parks are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and are managed in partnership with the local Wildlife Trusts.

  • The diverse habitats include woodland, grassland and wetland, supporting populations of insects, birds, mammals and amphibians as well as rare plants.
  • There are bird hides, some of which are accessible to wheelchair users, and nature trails.
  • Regular events and activities are held on the nature reserves and volunteers are always welcome. More information can be found on the website links below.
  • Access to the reserves is restricted to permit holders and day and season permits are available.

 

Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre

Ospreys at Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre, EgletonThe Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre can be found at Egleton at the western-end of Rutland Water

Permits and information leaflets are available from the reserve visitor centres.

The first wild Osprey in England for 150 years hatched at Rutland Water in 2001 and now regularly breed here. Find out more at www.ospreys.org.uk

 

 

Red Kites at Rockingham

The Red Kite is a rare majestic bird that was until recently extinct from England. Thanks to an ambitious and successful reintroduction programme by English Nature, RSPB and the Forestry Commission, Red Kites can again be seen in the sky above Rockingham Forest in the East Midlands. The re-introduction programme is monitored by Forestry Commission, with the vital assistance from local experts and gamekeepers.