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Bardon HillSatellite View
Another site in the NW of the county which recent watching has shown to be good for seeing visible migration.
Beacon HillSatellite View
A site in the NW of the county which recent watching has shown to be good for seeing visible migration. Beacon Hill is the best place to find Pied Flycatcher in Leics - two unpaired males were present in May 1999.
Bradgate ParkSatellite View
This public park northwest of Leicester has woodland and bracken-covered hills. It also includes Cropston Reservoir (SK545109). It's a reliable site for Green Woodpecker and other woodland species. In 1998 a confiding White Stork stopped off here.
Eyebrook ReservoirSatellite View
Sited on the boundary of Leics and Rutland, Eyebrook was THE birding site in the counties until the mid-1970s when Rutland Water (then called Empingham Reservoir) was constructed. There is a road around most of its boundary allowing good viewing over the water - and mud at the North end. There's a carpark next to Stoke Dry wood (SP845978) accessed from the Uppingham road. Eyebrook is good at passage times for waders and terns - and its winter gull roost (best viewed from the SW corner) regularly produces Caspian and Yellow-legged Gulls.
Rutland WaterSatellite View
Rutland Water is familiar to birders who attend the British Birdwatching Fair every August. The reserve HQ is at Egleton at the west end of the reservoir (Grid Ref SK882072). Here there's access to hides overlooking Lagoons 1, 2 and 3. There's a Tree Sparrow feeding station beside the interpretation centre overlooking Lagoon 1. Manton Bay (SK885056) is good for passage waders and can be viewed from Manton Bridge (park just past the bridge on the opposite side of the road heading towards Oakham). Lax Hill (SK885063) on the reserve is deciduous woodland with a good range of species. The Dam (SK 943075) at the east end of the reservoir is where deepwater species like divers can be found. The dam itself occasionally hosts unusual birds like Snow Bunting and Black Redstart.
Watermead ParkLeicester City Council Information
The park is around 10K (6m) from Leicester and can be accessed from the city by following the canal towpath. By car take the A607 towards Melton from Leicester. Cross over Watermead Way (A563) (both dual carriageways meet at traffic lights). Keep in the left lane after the lights and about 1/4 to 1/2 mile on look for Alderton Close on the left. There is a filling station nearby and a large building just on the corner. Take that to the car park at the bottom. NB... look where you're walking about 1m either side of the main paths as some dog walkers don't clean up after their dogs!
Number of bird species: 316
County Bird - Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Leicestershire Garden BirdsSteve Grover and Ken Goodrich 44 pages, line illus, tabs, maps, graphs. Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society 1997
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LROS Annual ReportsThe report editor is Rob Fray - see above for address.
The Birds of Leicestershire and Rutland(Helm County Avifauna) 2009 by Andrew Harrop, Dave Gamble, Rob Fray, Roger Davies & Steve Lister
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The Rutland Water OspreysBy Tim Mackrill with contributions from Tim Appleton & Helen McIntyre, Illustrated by John Wright | A & C Black | Hardback | 2013 | 160 pages | 200+ colour photos | 200+ colour & black & white illustrations
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Where to Watch Birds in the East Midlandsby Rob Fray, Christopher Helm 2006 See Fatbirder Review
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The official website of the Burbage Bird Club... including the Leicester Lowlisters...
Charnwood Ringing GroupWebsite
We are a group of volunteer licensed ringers (banders) involved in ringing wild birds mainly in the Charnwood district of Leicestershire UK...
Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological SocietyWebsite
The Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society (LROS) was founded in 1941, and now has more than 500 members. Our aims are to promote the study, conservation and enjoyment of birds and birding in Leicestershire and Rutland, to record and publish members` sightings, and organise survey work to further our knowledge of the birds of Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife TrustWebsite
Longfellow Road, Knighton Fields, Leicester LE2 6BT. 0116 270 2999 firstname.lastname@example.org We care for 36 nature reserves covering more than 2,600 acres. From woodland to meadows, wetland to heaths, our nature reserves comprise some of the most important wildlife and geological sites in the counties with 20 being Sites of Special Scientific Interest and 2 designated as National Nature Reserves...
South Leicester Birdwatchersmailto:Mail
We are based in Blaby, Leicestershire and hold monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at All Saints Parish Centre at 7.30pn (ex July & Aug), have guest speakers, a quarterly newsletter, and arrange outings and day trips. We welcome new members to our friendly social bird watching club. For further details contact media secretary Marion Turner, 01455 282854, or 07852782002, email: email@example.com
Interactive map of the county's reserves...
Rutland Water Nature ReserveWebsite
Rutland Water was built in the 1970s as a source of water for the increasing population of the Midlands. The lake covers 3,100 acres and is the largest man-made lake in Europe. Since the construction of the reservoir, Rutland Water's ornithological importance has been carefully monitored and it has now become one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain. As well as full details of the reserve the site is updated every Friday with the previous week's sightings and news.
Woodland Walk at Tropical BirdlandWebsite
Why not venture 'off road' into our beautiful natural 6 acre woodland? All kinds of native wildlife, trees and shrubs can be seen here. Woodpeckers, kingfishers, squirrels and jays are just a few of the animal species you may come across in this natural green habitat…
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Croft Guest HouseAccommodation
Croft Guest House is a member of the English tourist Board and has been awarded 3 diamonds. Denise, Jeremy and Ray, look forward to giving you a warm welcome to our friendly family run guest house, which is situated in the town of Shepshed. We strive to ensure that you will have a comfortable stay.
Rutland House is a small luxury bed and breakfast with five rooms, all en-suite. We are situated in a quiet but central area of Uppingham. Geoff Hamilton`s famous Barnsdale Garden and Nursery Centre, Rockingham Castle, Burghley House, Belvoir Castle and Rutland Water, with fishing, cycling and walking, are just a few of the places of interest close by.
White Horse InnAccommodation
This attractive stone-built inn has bright and well equipped bedrooms that are located either across the courtyard or inside the inn, where the rooms are en suite. A wide range of meals is served in the various rooms that make up the bar, and a full menu is available in the comfortable restaurant; service is relaxed and friendly. Fatbirder Recommended
Avez-Vous un Cuppa?Blog
David ‘Earl’ Gray’s birding For those who are interested in Birds, Wildlife and the odd cup of tea!
Foot It - Andy MackayBlog
I'm Andy Mackay, a.k.a. the Leicester Llama, freelance artist/illustrator, occasional writer, tour guide and survey monkey. Since I'm not a big fan of walking around suburban housing estates with binoculars I shall probably only cover about a quarter of my 4km/2.5 mile circle, that being the bit immediately behind my house (see map). It's mainly arable fields with a few small copses, and the only water bodies are a couple of small ponds...
Owls about that then!Blog
An occasional photo or post about my quest for local owls…
Skev - Mark SkevingtonBlog
Birding, Leps, Observations & Generalities - the ramblings of Mark Skevington...
The Drunkbirders - John HagueBlog
Hi there, welcome to my blog. I'm very happily married to the lovely Leigh, who even indulges me some of my hobbies...
Birdline East AngliaWebsite
What's about? Simply phone 09068 700245. Please report your bird sightings to phone/text 07941333970 or e firstname.lastname@example.org - Calls to 09068 700245 cost 60p/min from a BT landline other networks may vary...
Farbrook Farm Wild Bird FoodBird Food
High-quality UK suppliers of bird seed and bird food. Buy Bird food, bird seed, fat balls, suet pellets, bird feeders and much more from Farbrook Farm!
Ospreys at Rutland WaterWebsite
This site describes the Osprey translocation project based at Rutland Water which has been running for 5 years. In 1999 for the first time 4 juveniles from Rutland Water and 6 Scottish adults were satellite tracked as they migrated south. The website reported on the daily progress of the birds. During the winter the birds` radios are transmitting every 10 days, allowing us to follow any movements in their wintering areas.
Artist - Andrew MacKayGallery
Thank you for visiting my home page. Elsewhere in this site you can find a complete list of all the books I have worked on, and see examples of my work. Most of this artwork is for sale - simply click on the thumbnails to see a larger image with details of size, price etc. The quality of these on-screen images is necessarily limited by constraints on the size of the jpeg files. In the case of published illustrations, I would recommend looking at the printed material, as this is inevitably of much better quality. Stunning Illustrations from this Leicestershire based artist! - Fatbirder.
Artist - Neil AllenGallery
Neil Allen won the title "BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009" with his painting "Bee orchid", and the prize of a place on Wildlife Worldwide's Festival of Wildlife 2010 in the Pantanal, Brazil...
Film Maker - Malcolm RymerGallery
I am Malcolm Rymer, life-long birder, keen traveller and wildlife film-maker. I have a charmed life - visiting some of the best birding spots in the world tocapture the experience and share it with other birders...
Photographer - Mike LaneGallery
I`m a full time wildlife photographer specialising in birds and mammals. Although I get to travel to foreign lands a great deal, my main love is British wildlife. I get far more satisfaction photographing humble wrens and chaffinches than exotic parrots in distant rain forests...
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