From ospreys to wrens – birdwatching in Rutland
Being just a few minutes’ drive from the birds and wildlife at the renowned Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Greetham Valley is the perfect venue to stay for those keen on birdwatching. We offer a choice of hotel or self catering accommodation to suit most requirements throughout the year. And please make sure to ask about our year-round 25% discount on self-catering accommodation for RSPB members and Wildlife Trust members!
Rutland Ospreys 2017
Why not visit the Egleton Birdwatching Centre at Rutland Water, home of the Rutland Osprey Project?
Rutland Water is also the place to be in mid-August every year, for the largest Bird Fair in the world. Dates for 2018 are Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August. Accommodation is booked up well ahead each year – don’t miss out, phone Greetham Valley Reservations on 01780 460444! Why not extend your stay in Rutland? We are currently offering a Bird Fair Accommodation Offer – click here for more details.
Birdwatching onsite at Greetham Valley
Greetham Valley is committed to promoting a suitable, welcoming habitat for a wide range of birds and wildlife. Some of our members and green keepers are keen ornithologists and regularly report their sightings and suggestions to us. We have erected owl and kestrel boxes across the estate, all of which have been occupied – not necessarily just by owls or kestrels, although we do know that at least one barn owl chick was raised at Greetham Valley last year!
Please click here to view the sightings of Spring and Winter birds at Greetham Valley. We are particularly delighted to have a variety of birds of prey nesting at or close by Greetham Valley – red kites seem to be prevalent, kestrel and buzzard have been spotted too. The sight of Rutland Water’s ospreys fishing our lakes for breakfast and high tea in summer always causes a great deal of excitement, stopping our golfers and hotel guests in their tracks! Please click here to see the birds recently spotted along the nature trail at Greetham Valley by one of our members.
Birdwatching at Fort Henry
There is a lovely 20 minute walk to nearby Fort Henry on Exton Park Estate. The walk begins at Greetham Valley and follows the public footpath on a trail that includes our two bird hides and then continues onto the neighbouring estate. At Fort Henry there is a beautiful lake often full of a variety of wildlife, the perfect background for wildlife photographers. Please click here to see a video of the walk to Fort Henry.
Bird of prey handling at Greetham Valley
Simon Tebbutt Falconry offers a fabulous experience handling owls, hawks and an eagle at Greetham Valley. Our particular favourite is the very expressive Errol, the Great Grey Owl! Visit Simon’s website www.falconryservices.com for more details.
On Lord Gainsborough’s estate next door to us and just a 15 minute walk away are the lovely, tranquil Fort Henry Ponds, home to swans and myriads of other birds and wildlife. Follow the path from Greetham Valley south alongside the golf course then cross the brook, up and down the steep stepped bank, and through Toll Bar Spinney and Osprey Wood.