Dawn Osprey Cruise – 1st August
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, making it a trip to remember. Even on those 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.
In addition to the afternoon cruises are four dawn cruises. The cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise – a light breakfast of tea/coffee/juices and sweet pastries will be served on-board. (Please indicate any special dietary requirements at the time of booking).
Early mornings are a magical time to be out on the reservoir, and if last year’s dawn cruises are anything to go by, we should be in for some spectacular views of fishing Ospreys.
A Dawn Osprey Cruise costs £28 per person or £19 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.
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