22 Hides and Nature Trails.....


I,d like to take you for a walk around Rutland Water my favourite place and where the beautiful ospreys live from April to September….

This is Normanton Church located on the south side of the reservoir built in 1826-29 designed by Thomas Cundy ,this church was saved from the water when in 1970 the village of Lower Hambleton was flooded to make way for this reservoir…..It is now a little museum housing,imformation of the village before the flood a few fossil,s and a Anglo -Saxon skeleton ….but a must see if ever you visit Rutland…

This is the western side of the shore,where the largest nature trails and hides can be found….what I like most about the nature trails and bird watching hides here is there,s usually someone on hand to give you any information on the bird’s and wildlife,you see ….

Now onto the Lyndon Center,no need to say what you can see here ..

The center was opened in 1985,by Sir David Attenborough,and a most beautiful and peacefull spot ,ideal for the breeding osprey,s ….

This year alone Rutland had twelve osprey chick fledge ,all off on their long migrating to Africa…

Deep Water hide is the first one on our trail to the ospreys ..there is only four hides on this route ….another four can be found on the right hand side of the center…

A little visiting duck in front of Deep water hide .

next hide is the Tufted Duck ,dont know what this visitor was …and no one around that day to ask….

Each hide has a lot of imformation on the birds to be seen around Rutland…

Leaving the Tufted Duck onto the nature trail

passed the sheep grazing on the newly mown meadow….refusing to get off the path I might add….

Then onto the Waderscape Hide ,where you can see the nesting osprey,s this hide is always maned with helpers ,and you can use the telescope,s they have to get a better veiw of the nest …..

next hide is Shallow Water where you can get the best view,s of the ospreys ,this is Angus on the look out for vultures lol ….he does really enjoy bird watching honest :-}

Now onto the last hide the best of them all here you can see the ospreys very clearly and hear them ,they do make a bit of a din begging their parent,s for food…

The baby,s no 29 ,30 ,and 31 waiting for their dad to bring in the goodies ….they wont fish for themself,s untill they migrate ,this they do alone ,so it,s a case of fish or starve ….although they do make attempt,s while still at Manton Bay ,but it,s usualy dad or mum that feeds them …

This is for no 29 the last osprey to fledge ,but the first to migrate …and aunty Jane,s baby lol …..

I hope you had a good walk around Rutland thank you for joining me ….


3 Oct, 2010
robashfield said:

Thanks Janete,Was hoping to go there this year,but didn't make it.Will definetely go next year,now you've given me a preview.....Didn't know there were Ospreys there though,thanks for that.

3 Oct, 2010
jane said:

Aww Janette thank you so much for this.Now I so long to visit and see the place where my lovely 29 set off from on her long journey. Angus looks to be determinedly on the trail of the elusive vulture !!Lol

3 Oct, 2010
janette said:

Thank you both for your lovely comment,s you really will love Rutland these photos really dont show it in all it,s beauty
just a bit of advice if you are planing to visit ...take a good pair of walking shoe,s there is 25 miles of footpath,s and trails ,it,s an ideal spot for cyclist,s as well as walkers ,it also has a little boat called the Rutland Belle that will take you around the reservoir,that sails from April to October ....also has a sailing club .... I feel lucky to only live ten mile,s from here and am able to go at anytime of the year it,s lovely on a cold frosty day as long as your wrapped up well ....

4 Oct, 2010
bonkersbon said:

Thank you Janette this does look a beautiful spot and ideal for a day out ..hubby not likely to get bored as he searches for vultures is he ? Really isnt going to be able to live that one down is he ?

Sure I could spend hours in those hides even more sure Jane would be happy to let me ..

4 Oct, 2010
aster said:

A beautiful place to return to again and again Janette.
Could your mystery bird be a water rail,as id'd by Fractal for Birdie146s' photo.

4 Oct, 2010
david said:

So wonderful to see Rutland, Janette. Thank You so much for posting this. Amazing pics of the ospreys, too!!! I was also thinking "water rail", aster, when I saw that pic.

Angus looks intent on finding vultures or herons. :-D)

5 Oct, 2010
janette said:

Thank you Bonkers for you nice comment,s there no chance of getting bored at Rutland always something to see ...Aye it will be a while before I forget the vultures lol ...my hubby thinks is the plains of Africa I take him to instead of the English countryside ...

Thanks you Aster for the ID on the Water Rail ,and it,s lovely to be able to visit as often as I like ,and theres an added bonus.... it,s right next to my favourite garden nursery ....

Thank you David ,now I might just have to eat humble pie on the heron lol ....one of the anglers fishing today at the boating lake told me that a heron visit,s every now and then ops... so I had to apoligise lol

5 Oct, 2010
david said:

How convenient, having the nursery next door, lol!! Ah well, never mind, am sure it was accepted more than graciously. :-))

6 Oct, 2010

Oh! how exciting,it must have been for you...pity poor Angus, wandering off looking for Vulture's when, there is so much going on around him...
It actually felt, like i was there with you, looking at your
great pics, & reading all your narrations...really enjoyed the
scenery & seeing the Ospreys..thank you, Janette..

6 Oct, 2010
aster said:

Sorry Janette,had a re-think on your mystery bird,think it's a juvenile moorhen.Water rails seem to be more brown and speckled.

8 Oct, 2010
bonkersbon said:

Janette....Have nominated this lovely blog for the new Birdpedia category...Birding days out..to be edited by David.

13 Oct, 2010
lincslass said:

Janette, I`m really chuffed to see my favourite manmade puddle, lol. I`m 5miles away from there and visit often, we used to ride around those submerged lanes as kids and then took our kids up there whilst it was being dug out, it was fascinating to watch ...
Empingham is however still very much alive and thriving on the edge of the reservoir , I`m sure the submerged village was called Lower Hambleton..
Lovely photo`s and I do agree its beautiful up there no matter what time of the year.......

14 Oct, 2010
janette said:

Your welcome Fressia glad you enjoyed the walk around Rutland ..
Thanks Aster ,this bird was about the size of a rook if that,s any help with the id probably is a moorhen .....
Thanks Lincslass I think your right about Empingham one of those senior moment,s I go and edit that fact ....
Now you might be able to help on this family problem Lincs....do you remember there being a butterfly house,at Rutland

14 Oct, 2010
lincslass said:

Yes Jannette, it was lovely and very popular, we used to go every year but last year it was closed down, don`t know why, not sure whether it reopened this year, its the same with the seeing and sense garden, it was fabulous when it was first created but to see the state of it now is a big disappointment, typical of Anglian Water, if its not making them money they don`t want to know...

16 Oct, 2010
janette said:

Thanks Lincslass I knew there was a butterfly house at Rutland, but my oh said I was mistaken ... remember they had a jungle gym as well,my children loved to play there, but that was many years ago ,cant remember what side ,think it was the north but not to sure,.. I love the place ...

18 Oct, 2010
irish111 said:

brilliant blog Janette,
great to see Angus in his usual fashion of shorts :-)
loved the sheep, we call that a traffic jam here lol

18 Oct, 2010
janette said:

Now now Eileen the short ,only today have been put away for winter the legs are getting a bit cold now .....

29 Nov, 2010
mike said:

Thank you Janette - I have never walked around there even though for sometime I lived not too far away at Aynho and then Daventry. i would certainly trail over to see the Ospreys.

1 Dec, 2010
janette said:

Your welcome Mick ,you wont be dissapointed if you head over there when the ospreys are nesting ......
it is a lovely place to visit any time of the year....
If you log on to their web site you will be able to see all this years chicks ,they had a web camera running 24/7 ,worth a little look ......

20 Dec, 2010
johnponting said:

janette, thanks for the walk around Rutland. I've cycled round a couple of times but never with a camera. I think I'll get up there again in the spring but, this time, with the long lens.

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