Dawn Osprey Cruise

Saturday 5th August 2017 - 6:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Whitwell Harbour


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; we sail to the parts of the reservoir where we stand the best chance of seeing fishing ospreys and, with a bit of luck, are rewarded with spectacular views. On many occasions we have enjoyed breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish very close to the boat, making it a trip to remember for those lucky enough to be on board.


Osprey with fish, photo by John Wright


Dawn cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise. On arrival back at Whitwell we will drive around to the Lyndon reserve (home of Maya and 33(11), the breeding pair of ospreys on the nature reserve!) for a well-earned breakfast at 7:30am. Breakfast will be a relaxed affair in the car park, and will consist of a bacon and egg roll, or a vegetarian option of egg and mushrooms. Please specify on booking whether you have any dietary requirements e.g. gluten free. 

Early mornings are a magical time to be out on the reservoir, and if 2015 dawn cruises are anything to go by, we should be in for some spectacular views of Ospreys. Tickets for dawn cruises are priced at £25 for adults and £15 for under 16s.

In addition to your cruise ticket you will also receive a 20% discount on the permit entry price to the nature reserve on the day of the cruise. Nature reserve permits cover the Egleton (LE15 8BT) and Lyndon (LE15 8RN) sites of Rutland Water and with nearly 40 hides there is lots to see and do to fill a day. For more information about the reserves click here.

All parking costs at Whitwell and the reserves are covered by your cruise ticket.

For more information about cruises, please click here.

See below to book your ticket online. For more information, email Kayleigh at kbrookes@rutlandwater.org.uk.

Matt's sunrise 18th July

Sunrise over the Rutland Belle, photo by Matt Broadhead


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Adult Dawn Cruise 5th August 2017 £25.00
Under 16 Dawn Cruise 5th August 2017 £15.00