Afternoon Osprey Cruise – August 24th 2019

Afternoon Osprey Cruise – August 24th 2019

Whitwell Harbour


One of the most exciting ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the Osprey project team aboard the Rutland Belle. We sail to 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. Even on those rare occasions when Ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view. Highlights have included Arctic Tern, Fulmar, Sanderling and Knot. In spring there is also every chance of hearing singing Nightingales.


Osprey with fish, photo by John Wright


This cruise will begin at Whitwell Harbour at 5.30pm, where the Rutland Belle sets sail for an hour and a half cruise on Rutland Water. There will be a live commentary pointing out things of interest, and providing information about the osprey project and the reservoir. Members of the osprey team will be on board to help you get the best out of your trip. There will be tea, coffee and snacks available on board.

At 2pm on the day of the cruise, the osprey team will deliver a talk on the Osprey Project at the Lyndon Visitor Centre, for cruise guests to attend. The talk is optional, but provides a useful overview of the project.

Afternoon cruises cost £23 for adults and £14 for under 16s.

In addition to your cruise place 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. The permit includes parking at the reserve. For more information about the reserves click here.

All parking costs at Whitwell are covered by your cruise booking – we will issue tickets on the cruise for use at the exit barrier at Whitwell car park.

See below to book your cruise place online or call 01572 770651. 

PLEASE NOTE: Cruise places are non-refundable, under any circumstances. However, provided we have no less than two weeks’ notice, we can move your booking to a different date should you be unable to attend the one booked. We are only able to do this once. We cannot reschedule cruise dates for those who fail to turn up on the day or arrive late.

For more information about cruises, please click here.

The Rutland Belle

This event is fully booked.