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.
Even on those rare occasions when Ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view. Recent highlights have included Arctic Tern, Fulmar, Sanderling and Knot.
Evening and Afternoon Cruises
Each of these cruises begin with refreshments and an introductory talk at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton (LE15 8BT). We then ask you to drive to Whitwell, where the Rutland Belle sets sail.
All cruises last 1.5 hours and cost £20 per person (£12 for under 16s). In addition to your cruise ticket you will also receive free entrance to the Lyndon and Egleton nature reserves (normal price £5.50 per adult). Please see www.rutlandwater.org.uk for more information about the reserves.
In addition to the afternoon cruises, we also run dawn cruises. The cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise. We’ll then arrive back at Whitwell for a well-earned breakfast at 7:30am. Early mornings are a magical time to be out on the reservoir, and if 2013 dawn cruises are anything to go by, we should be in for some spectacular views of fishing Ospreys. Tickets are priced at £20 for adults and £15 for children (under 16).
As usual we will be running a series of cruises during the Birdfair weekend 14th-17th August 2014. Dates will be confirmed on the Rutland Water Nature Reserve and Birdfair websites when available.
How To Book
To book your place on an Osprey Cruise use the ‘Book your place’ page to check dates. Click an event to check availability and make a booking. You can now pay for your tickets online securely via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account, and all major credit/debit cards are accepted. Alternatively, please phone 01572 770651 or send Sarah an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date and we will phone you back. Places sell out very quickly – so please book early to avoid disappointment!
We also offer Osprey cruise vouchers for both the dawn or afternoon cruises - a perfect Christmas or birthday gift! E-mail email@example.com or phone 01572 653024 for more information.
For more information about the Rutland Belle, check out their website.