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Rutland Water Nature Reserve

This internationally famous nature reserve provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 20,000 waterfowl.

The reserve occupies shoreline and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water reservoir and covers a total area of 1000 acres. It was created in the 1970s with the construction of the reservoir. There are currently 31 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor centres.

Rutland Water is a great destination for a day of activities for the whole family, including water sports, cycling, zorbing, walking trails, wildlife workshops and many more. is free to visit, with hiring of equipment and activities priced.

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