Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre)

Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre)

Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre)
4.5
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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4.5
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Kamouraskan
Geddington, UK132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We have been to better locations to photograph birds, but Rutland is very close to our home and I think we had forgotten just how many many beautiful aspects it does have. Yes, there are places to get closer to some of the rarer water birds, as the hides and the overlooks are a distance from the main nesting areas. But the hides are placed well and well maintained, there are multitudes of varieties available and the lakes are so beautiful all by themselves. As well the locations in Rutland allow for many other activities and places to grab a snack. The staff are good, the Gift shop does have a wide selection of hot drinks for a cold day, but with all the recent rain, wear boots. Several of the paths are impassible without wellies.
Written January 5, 2020
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Kim P
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Rutland water is one of my favourite places in the UK, it's a beautiful place...... as a nature & sports lover, I've enjoyed cycling around it various times in the past & yesterday I took my sister with my niece to do it for their first time. It's been a while since I last visited the centre, and e-bikes are now available for those who aren't as in shape as some. I stuck to the traditional mountain bike, started at the Whitwell centre where I find the staff there super friendly. Bearing right, we headed out towards Egleton. The first few miles are rather hilly, but no mean feat for me with the mountains I am used to in Andalusia, some struggled but coped after sharing the e-bike. It was a beautiful day, quite fresh and there was a cross wind once I reached the South shore by the dam. With living in Spain, I found it very cold even though I was wearing 4 nordic layers, thermals, hat, scarf & gloves. I've always cycled & visited Rutland during the spring & summer, but with being back in the area spending Christmas with family, Rutland was on my to do list this year. Everyone should experience Rutland Water, it has everything you could wish for..... the views are stunning, tranquility, wildlife, fun parks for the younger ones, cosy pubs on route to stop off at for refuelling if need be, cafes & more. I love Rutland Water!!!
Written December 30, 2022
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Itinerantur17
United Kingdom823 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Why is it in the midlands, all the reservoirs have their paths so far from the water? Seems geared up more for bikes (apart from the Sykes lane area) than pedestrians. Could have done with interpretation boards for the landmarks rather than just for the wildlife. Car parking is extortionate in price as well and has limited time choices. On the plus side, if you are into bbq's then there are areas set up close to car parks. Dogs on lead only due to sheep.

Tip; if you are coming by car during the week away from school hols, there is limited verge parking down by the sailing school/campsite
Written July 25, 2022
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PAUL K
Rochester, UK50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I really enjoyed walking around this reserve and saw some amazing birds .

There were a couple of little things that i would say need improving one of them being the feeders in Tree sparrow hide at the entrance .
It looks like they have not been touched for ages and were full of old food that had gone black .
The very fact that there is a huge sponsorship sign from "Eyebrook " Wild bird feeds where you view the birds looks pretty bad to be fair .

I would also point out that the staff there were not the friendliest i have met and serving us seemed like we were putting them out .

Other than that it was a great day out .
Written January 5, 2022
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Demeterking
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We enjoyed a full day using several of the hides at what is a very well organised bird watching facility. The best moment was seeing a pair of ospreys raising their young chicks. Staff and volunteers were very informative and helpful. Car parking costs very reasonable.
Written July 22, 2021
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128stripeyleopard
Portishead, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is just a great place for birdwatching any time of year. Ospreys are almost guaranteed in the summer and we saw a great white egret for the first time this year. Sadly there are currently no tree sparrows. Loads of other water birds and the hides were all fixed open so that, with the Covid concerns, they can still be used, but safely. Bird feeders in some places and the cam on the ospreys' nest all adds to the interest.
Written July 21, 2020
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Dick L
Bishops Stortford, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We came on a day of persistent rain, not torrential but enough to require additional waterproofs. We chose the northern path from the centre, walked to the extreme end then visited the hides on our return journey. We have seen many RSPB, WWT and other reserves but we have never seen such vast numbers or such variety, including lapwing, greylag, cormorant, great crested grebe, gadwall, grey heron, little egret and great white egret among many others.

In our future visits to this area we will be exploring much more of this wonderful reserve!
Written October 24, 2020
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Martin B
Felixstowe, UK358 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Rutland Water has a well maintained circuit around the outside and is very picturesque. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit. It's a nice place to spend the day taking in a meal and walk or cycle ride.
Written November 21, 2022
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Buny & Nippy
Kent, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Wonderful location, full filled day out, facilities clean and well presented

Room
To improve? Always!
There are a few things that would help
1. Knowing you need to display your permit in the car before you get in the visitor centre, as you then have to walk back to the car to display it.
2. Bird feeders being stocked at “tree sparrow hide” and old food being discarded before it’s mouldy.
3. If the staff are volunteers fair do’s, if they are getting a wage, a smile doesn’t go a miss, or enthusiasm either.

We will return many times I’m sure the birds were stunning and the hides well positioned, Rutland is an exceptional part of the UK
Written November 29, 2021
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scarysara
Welshpool, UK238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The staff in the shop and the volunteer in the main hide were incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the birds and the ospreys.

The hide to see the ospreys is not far but for people with walking difficulties it might be hard going too far but there is a live stream in the cafe area

the volunteer in the hide had several scopes set up for people to view the ospreys, there is also a live view screen in the hide.

We saw both birds on the nest with 3 eggs and the male fetching sticks for the nest

magical and worth a visit!
Written April 22, 2024
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