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“A very successful bird-watching experience”

Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre)
Ranked #6 of 25 things to do in Oakham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

My wife and I spent four days in a B&B near Rutland water and spent each day at a different site, But the last day we went to the nature reserve at Egleton where there are more than 20 hides. They are all well spaced, facing different types of wetlands, open water, scrapes and marshland. There is quite a lot of walking between the hides - (I think the longest distance we saw was 500 metres), so we only managed 5 hides in the day. We saw so many different birds in beautiful surroundings and as the weather was very good we thoroughly enjoyed the day. However, the highlight was when we came across a willow warbler in the hedgerow as we made our way to one of the hides. It has a single whistle 'oo-eee' and I began to imitate it. It made its way from the top of the hedgerow down to our level and hopped about for a good five minutes, less than a metre from us with never a suspicion that it might fly off.
We shall certainly go back again and again, trying to visit all the hides in due course. The nearby Lyndon reserve, run by the same local wetlands trust is the one where the ospreys can be seen.

1  Thank Alan B
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

This was a really memorable visit during our week's stay in Rutland. There is a lot of walking involved to get to the hides and vantage points but they are well placed and I certainly saw a diverse range of wildlife. The recently re-introduced ospreys were doing their thing during our visit. Be sure to take glasses, though. They are a long way off from the viewing point. Some kestrel hatchlings were on show just outside one of the centres. I saw egret, lapwing, cormorant, duck and swan, though waders were not as much in evidence as I'd hoped.
A useful guide/map is included in the admission price and parking is included for visitors. The staff were knowledgeable and ready to provide advice and information. It was an impressive, low-key operation.
The land in the reserve provided some of the best walking we had during our stay. A lot of the paths around the reservoir were bland by comparison.

Thank Retiredtraveller0071
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

I only had one day to explore this superb reserve but could easily have spent a week wandering around the well-signed trails, gazing at the amazing diversity of birds and other wildlife, chatting to the helpful staff and volunteers and browsing round the well-stocked shops. Cost of the day permits is derisory for what they offer - well done to the Wildlife Trust for such a well-run reserve.

Thank JaneJo49
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Spent a day cycling around Rutland Water last Sunday. The scenery is wonderful and there are so many things to do from sailing, to rock climbing to cycling, etc., we were especially impressed with the service we received from Rutland Cycles. We turned up on a sunny Sunday afternoon with no booking. We were dealt with efficiently and within minutes had bicycles, maps and were safe in the knowledge that Rutland Cycles were a phone call away if we had so much as a puncture! The service is second to none!

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Maybe it was the time of the year but there was very little to be seen and we thought it very poor value compared with our local Sussex Wildlife venue at Rye Harbour, East Sussex. Rye Harbour also has the advantage of free entry and free parking and we were surprised to be charged rather than being given reciprocal status.

Thank Layces
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