Not only does the Rutland Water Reserve serve as one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers who visit or live in Leicester, but it additionally has come to garner international attention. Managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water this reserve is home to one of the most important Wildfowl sanctuaries in the whole or Britain, and frequently holds more than 20,000 waterfowl.
To add to its string of bows Rutland Water is additionally considered as a vital site for scientific research and has been declared a European Special Protection Area.
What to expect when visiting Rutland Water
The reserve incorporates extensive short line and shallow water lagoons which stretch over nine miles. In total this area spans some 1000 acres, providing more than enough to explore over one, two or even three days. It has been developed from the 1970s alongside the operating Rutland Water Reservoir.
Rutland Water for bird lovers
This destination servers as a wonderful area for bird lovers. All in all there are thirty one bird watching hides, as well as numerous nature trails that are suitable for adult and child alike. One of the main Birdwatch centres is known as the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, which is open every day throughout the year from 9am to 5pm.
To finish off your visit nicely there is a choice of two visitor centres where you can enjoy a cup of tea and a cake to refuel after your no doubt extensive walk.