Dawn Osprey Cruise – SOLD OUT!

Dawn Osprey Cruise – SOLD OUT!

Whitwell Harbour

Whitwell

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.

Before we set off for a 2014 Dawn Cruise, by passenger Valerie Webber

Before we set off for a 2014 Dawn Cruise, by passenger Valerie Webber

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.

Tufted Duck at dawn

Tufted Duck at dawn

The special dawn cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise. On arrival back at Whitwell you will drive to the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre in Egleton (LE15 8BT, a 2 mile drive) for a well-earned cooked breakfast at 7:30am (included in the ticket price). If you have any special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or gluten free) please let us know in the notes box when booking.

Early mornings are a magical time to be out on the reservoir, and if the 2014 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 £12 for children (under 16).

Dawn on the nature reserve

Dawn on the nature reserve

In addition to your cruise ticket you will also receive a 20{aebb832937d1885646bba593f8f1074bbe61a552c8a5f5d60514d6f049ed1f58} on the permit entry price to the nature reserve. 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. You can use your discount on the day of the cruise, and/or the day after. For more information about the reserves visit www.rutlandwater.org.uk

The price of your ticket also includes your parking at the nature reserves and Whitwell during the cruise. 

Lyndon Nature Reserve

Lyndon Nature Reserve

Manton Bay is the location of the nest on our live webcam and is situated on the Lyndon nature reserve. The nest can be viewed from Waderscrape or Shallow Water hides. Please see www.rutlandwater.org.uk for more information about the reserves.

Bookings are closed for this event.