Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre)

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Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre)

Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre)
4.5
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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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Jo
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Rutland water centre is a great place to spent time with friends/family. A lot of space to make a picnic or to catch the sunshine.
We went there yesterday (knowing that this weekend will be extra hot) for a beach and looking forward to some swimming! I didn't expect a lot, but still, you can barely name it as a beach and we couldn't even get our feet into the water because the access to the lake was blocked. Lifeguards arrived after 1 pm and open maybe 40 metres of access to the water.
As far as I can understand, the lake is dangerous for kids, but the grown-up can care for themselves. I saw lifeguards coming and telling people to go out from the water on the other side of the beach while they were just standing in the water up to their ankles - a little bit too strict. Not everyone wanted to stand in the water full of the kids - they weren't swimming, they just cool down standing in the water.
Written July 17, 2021
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Joan C
Nottingham, UK24 contributions
Couples
We had a warm, helpful and informative welcome at the Lynton visitor centre - well organised re COVID precautions - and saw 3 osprey before tea time on our first day at Rutland Water. At the end of the visit we noticed the mini season ticket, for 4 visits to the reserves over 10 days, and the volunteer helpfully let us top up to this from our day ticket. That let us have a return visit to Lynton & two x half days at the other reserve. Lovely settings, very peaceful, and we still didn't get round to all of the hides. One highlight was a heron, fairly close, demonstrating how to line up and swallow a trout.
Written August 15, 2020
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Demeterking
7 contributions
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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Itinerantur17
United Kingdom839 contributions
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, UK49 contributions
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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Buny & Nippy
Kent, UK30 contributions
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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CharliMcFarli
Farnborough, UK46 contributions
Stopped for a couple of hours to cycle the easy 8 mile stretch to the east of the reservoir. I'm a beginner cyclist and had no issue at all (couple of inclines that I had to do n foot), but the pathway is well maintained.

The only reason I didn't give it an excellent review is because of the toilets (near the car park), which were graffitied and grubby, and I felt the parking charges were on the steep side.
Written August 6, 2022
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Kamouraskan
Geddington, UK118 contributions
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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Dick L
Bishops Stortford, UK24 contributions
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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128stripeyleopard
Portishead, UK6 contributions
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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