School Visits to the Lyndon Centre

Visiting Lyndon Nature Reserve

Lyndon Nature Reserve is the home of the Rutland Ospreys. The best time for school groups to visit the reserve and see the breeding Ospreys is between April and July. The summer term is most popular.

The maximum group size is 30 for the hide and any other activities in the reserve.

It is a 15 minute walk from the Lyndon Centre and car park along a track to the hide where the ospreys can be seen. Please note that there is no shelter until we get to the hide, so visitors need suitable warm outdoor clothing and footwear.

If you have students with any mobility issues, please contact us so we may offer appropriate advice.

As school visits are popular and we only have a small Education Team, prior booking is essential, giving as much notice as possible.

Here is an excellent video explaining what we offer your school at the Lyndon Visitor Centre!


Visits for Key stage 2 and Key stage 3

Your visit will consist of two parts, first to go to see the Rutland Ospreys and then the second part includes a choice of practical activities at one or more of the reserve hides using the “Be an Osprey Expert” booklet.


  • Introduction to The Rutland Osprey Project– meet at the Lyndon Centre
  • Walk to the hide– along the track through the reserve (takes 10-20mins)
  • See the Ospreys– use of telescopes and binoculars to look at the Ospreys and other wildlife. The fully equipped hide has live video coverage of the ospreys.


Practical activities at Lyndon using the “Be an Osprey Expert” booklet

You will do one or more of the following activities depending on the length of your visit. These will be carried out at one or more of the hides on the reserve.

  • When I went Bird Watching– observing and identifying birds (binoculars provided)
  • Who eats who– building up food chains and food webs
  • Adaptations– how ospreys and other birds are designed to feed
  • Osprey watching technology– the science and technology behind osprey watching
  • Make a leg ring!
  • Zygodactylic!



The cost of a visit to Lyndon is £2 per pupil which includes a copy of “Be an Osprey Expert”   for each pupil, entrance to the reserve, and Osprey Education Team as guide(s).

The cost for Secondary, GCSE, or specialist post 16 visits depends on your requirements.

We may have to charge for any specialist course preparation or to provide teaching materials.




Want to find out more or make a booking?

Phone us for a chat or e-mail first so we can discuss you needs. We will need information about the age group and number of pupils, and the activities you would like to do.

Contact Ken Davies ( Education Officer-  Rutland Water Osprey Project )  Tel; 01733 243095

We will send you a confirmation of booking form outlining what has been agreed and the agreed  date.