Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water, Rutland

Visit Rutland Water's famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering 1,000 acres of bird hides, nature trails and visitor centres.

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Rutland Water Nature Reserve is home to the first Ospreys to breed in England for 150 years. These birds have been spotted using the reservoir for the last 25 years as a stopping off point on the way to and from Africa.

The Osprey & Wildlife Cruises on Rutland Water are the ultimate cruise for anyone with a passion for seeing the magnificent birds close up in their natural habitat.

The annual British Birdwatching Fair held at Eggleton is one of the largest international events in the world, selling everything from exotic bird watching holidays to the latest cameras.

Visit the Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre near Exton, which is set in 42 acres of unspoilt woodland and home to a huge range of birds, including owls, hawks, falcons, blizzards, eagles and vultures. Learn how to handle these amazing birds or watch a fascinating falconry demonstration.

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