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Spring Highlights: things to do

This spring the Rutland Osprey project team are tracking nine satellite-tracked Ospreys in their amazing journey from Europe and America to Rutland Water. To celebrate this mammouth journey, World Osprey Week aka WOW is being held between March 23rd and the 29th March. This is an exciting opportunity to involve schools and to encourage pupils to follow the amazing migratory journeys. For more information.

Quick Osprey Facts - Source: The Rutland Osprey Project

  • Rutland Water is home to the first Ospreys to breed in England for 150 years
  • Female Ospreys begin to lay their eggs in late April.
  • The majority of Rutland Ospreys Winter in West Africa, although Some are known to have spent their winters in Southern Iberia
  • Some of the birds have been tracked using satellites, charting their remarkable 3,000-mile (4,500km) journey
  • An adult osprey weighs about 3.3lbs (1.5kg) and has a wingspan of about 5.5ft (1.7m).

The Rutland BelleThe Rutland Belle Opens for the 2015 season on Wed 1st April. A cruise aboard the Rutland Belle allows you to enjoy the sights of Rutland Water whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest. The Rutland Belle can carry up to 110 passengers, with 60 places in the under-cover saloons. Drinks are available on board. The Rutland Belle will run daily from the 1st April to 12th April, over Easter and Weekends in April. Then from May to September: Every day.Contact Rutland Belle: Whitwell Harbour, Rutland Water, Whitwell, Rutland, LE15 8BL,Tel: +44 01572 787630, Fax: +44 01572 787630

Rutland Belle Osprey Cruises. One of the most exciting ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. The idea is simple; The Rutland Belle will sail to the parts of the reservoir where you stand the best chance of seeing fishing Ospreys and, with a bit of luck, are rewarded with spectacular views. You'll be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish very close to the boat and even on those rare occasions when Ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view.

Tickets are available from 23rd May 3.45pm-6.45pm. £20 per adult, £12 for under 16s. In addition to your cruise ticket you are also entitled to a 20% discount on entrance to the Lyndon and Egleton nature reserves (normal price £5.65 per adult). You can do this on the day of the cruise, or the day after. Manton Bay is the location of the nest on our live webcam on and is situated on the Lyndon nature reserve.

Castle Cottage

Castle Cottage Cafe: For one of life's little pleasures; visit Castle Cottage Cafe and you'll enjoy a smile, a friendly face and a lovely slice of cake! Castle cottage garden is opening for the spring/summer season on Friday 27th March. It is looking very pretty and has seen some sunny days already with visitors sitting out in the summer house and garden. Lovely painted furniture and colourful cushions make it a pleasant setting for coffee, lunch, and cream teas. Castle Cottage Cafe, Market Place, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DT, Tel: 01572 757952

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