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Saturday 7th April 2018

RUTLAND WATER IN EARLY SPRING

Rutland Water is England's second largest man-made reservoir and home to good numbers of migrant and resident species making it an ideal location for a spring visit!

It is the time when Barn Swallows and both Common House and Sand Martins are arriving and it’s great to see them feeding over the reservoir.

Western Ospreys should be back from their African wintering grounds and when they arrive they display over the reservoir to attract a mate. There are specially erected nest platforms which offer a safe location for their nest and they make viewing easier!

Other summer migrants which we expect to see include Sedge and Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Eurasian Blackcap, Yellow Wagtail and Little Ringed Plover. Red Kites glide over the surrounding woodland and at the Lyndon nature reserve it is possible to see Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Common Reed Bunting and Willow and Marsh Tit.

On previous tours we have seen Garganey, Ring-necked Duck, Common Crane, Greater Scaup, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe and Yellow-legged Gulls.

There is always so much to see at Rutland Water and with over 30 hides to choose from there is plenty to keep us occupied!

£45

(does not include reserve admission charges)