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 winter discounts for RSPB members!
Why not visit the Egleton Birdwatching Centre at Rutland Water, home of the Rutland Osprey Project? We are delighted that this wonderfully successful Project chose to team up with Greetham Valley to offer exciting three day Rutland Osprey Tour Packages for summer 2013, from just £84 per person! We are now developing the dates for next summer’s packages – watch this space.
Rutland Water is also the place to be in mid-August every year, for the largest Bird Fair in the world. Dates for 2014 are Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August. Accommodation is booked up well ahead each year and we now have limited availability – don’t miss out, phone Reservations on 01780 460444!
Greetham Valley is committed to promoting a suitable, welcoming habitat for a wide range of birds. One of our members, Phil, is a keen ornithologist and regularly reports his sightings and suggestions to us. We have erected 8 owl and 8 kestrel boxes on 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!
We are delighted to have a variety of birds of prey nesting at or close by Greetham Valley – red kites seem to be prevalent, Phil has spotted merlin and kestrel too. The sight of Rutland Water’s ospreys fishing our lakes for breakfast and high tea has caused a great deal of excitement, stopping our golfers and hotel guests in their tracks!
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