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Rutland Water Nature reserve 2018
Saturday COACH trip

Date: Saturday 5 May 2018 at 07:00


On a fine and sunny day 23 people set off from Braywick to Rutland Water Nature Reserve, joining three others who had made their way there independently.

First stop was the Lyndon Visitor Centre where we were given an introduction to the history of the reserve and its renowned Osprey Project. The feeders just outside afforded excellent views of goldfinch, reed bunting, greenfinch and tree sparrow. We then visited four hides along the reservoir shoreline to view nesting ospreys and, as a bonus, a barn owl quartering the field behind the nest site. Amongst the species we saw along the way were whitethroat, sedge warbler, garden warbler and water rail.

Around lunch time we moved on to the main visitor centre in Egleton. Following the trail out to Lagoon Four we heard several nightingales singing in the bushes, and some members of the party caught sight of these otherwise elusive birds. Butterflies were abundant in woodland by the trails. On Lagoon four we were rewarded with good sightings of a black-winged stilt, wood sandpipers and whimbrel amongst a catalogue of ducks and geese, and to make us feel at home a red kite flew over.

Altogether the group recorded a total of 79 species.

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Rutland Water, 5/5/2018, sunny

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose








Tufted Duck


Red-legged Partridge



Little Egret

Grey Heron

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite


Common Buzzard


Water Rail



Black-winged Stilt




Little Ringed Plover



Wood Sandpiper


Common Tern

Black-headed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove

Cuckoo (H)

Barn Owl

Great Spotted Woodpecker (H)





Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit


Sand Martin


House Martin

Cetti's Warbler (H)

Long-tailed Tit


Willow Warbler


Garden Warbler


Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler







House Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

Pied Wagtail





Reed Bunting

76 Bird Species seen and 3 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel


Brown Rat

Speckled Wood Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Green-veined White Butterfly

Brimstone Butterfly

Orange Tip Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

26 People


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View over Rutland Water from Snipe Hide

Rutland Water Nature Reserve is both a RAMSAR site and an SSSI. The reserve of 1000 acres is along nine miles of shore line and shallow lagoons. Thirty-six hides, four major trails and two visitor centres mean that a day's visit will seem too short.

Famous for its ospreys, there should be several breeding pairs to be seen fishing over the reservoir. For more information about the Rutland Osprey Project, click here

The Water Vole Project has been releasing water voles here since 2011. Look for them from the hides at Lagoon 2

In May, there should be around 2,000 water birds, plus birds in the mature woodland, thickets, shrubs, and meadows. You may see birds of prey including owls and hobby, garganey, oystercatcher, avocet, sanderling, water rail, sand martin, plovers, tern, warblers, whitethroat, wagtails, yellowhammer, tree sparrow, swift, swallow, nightingale, butterflies, moths, hare, weasel and stoat.

We intend going first to the Lyndon Visitor Centre, which is the area of the reserve where the ospreys nest. Here we will have an introductory talk then a guided tour to see the ospreys from a distance. Under two mile walk here.

Our coach will then transfer us to the Egleton Birdwatching Centre, which has the majority of hides and is the recommended area for general birdwatching. At least a five mile walk to visit all the hides here.

There are toilets at both visitor centres, a wildlife interests shop at Egelton, but no cafe at either centre.

Click here for more information about the reserve

For a report and photos of our 2014 visit, click here.

NOTE - this coach trip does not go to the Birdfair, which is not until August. There may be a BOC coach trip.

Coach trip details -

  • Full payment of £25.00 is required on booking. This includes admission, maps and briefings. For under 16s the full cost is only £15.00. All money will be refunded if the trip is cancelled.
  • For bookings and any other details, email Helen Pearson , or call Helen on 01628 639648 and leave a voicemail, or see Helen at a meeting. Please book at least one week in advance, preferably much earlier.
  • The coach leaves promptly at 7.00 am from the lay-by in front of the entrance to Braywick Park (Braywick Sports Ground), Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1DX. There is a free car park inside the park. Please arrive in good time.
  • Bring a packed lunch and any drinks or snacks that you may require.
  • This coach trip involves a journey time of about two and a half hours each way, including comfort stop.
  • The coach has room for large items such as telescopes, tripods, hampers and camera bags.