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Come on a coach trip to Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Egleton)
This internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated as a European Special Protection Area and internationally recognised as a globally important wetland RAMSAR site. The reserve occupies shore line and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water and covers a total area of 1000 acres. It was created in the 1970s with the construction of the reservoir. There are over 30 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor centres with experts to help you with identification. The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton offers exciting environmental displays, viewing gallery, excellent schools service, Wildlife Trust shop and In Focus optical shop and toilets. Entry to the reserve is £4 per person (discounted group rate). We are a RSPB members group who run coach trips to good birding sites most months. All are welcome to join us, from expert birders to complete beginners - if you are new to birding one of our more experienced members will show you whatever is around and provide explanations where necessary. Don't worry if you don't own a pair of binoculars - we can lend you a pair for the day if you let us know in advance. Dress for the weather with stout footwear, remembering that it may well be cooler at the coast or in the country than in central London, and bring a packed lunch. Paid up Central London Local Group members £20.00, non-members £22.00. Booking essential. For further information contact James Aylward on[masked], or email [masked]. Coach trip outings leave from bus stop 40B on the Embankment, which is adjacent to Embankment Tube. Leave the tube by the riverside exit, turn left along the pavement. The coach stop is about 50 metres along, just past the public toilets. The coach leaves promptly at 8am – aim to arrive at 7:45am to allow time to board. Image: Water Rail by Brian Adamson (

Meet outside Embankment Underground Station near riverside entrance. Coach leaves at 8am.

Near Embankment riverside entrance · London

Respond by: 11/2/2018

What we're about

We are an RSPB Local Group, based in London, that promotes an interest in and understanding of birds in particular and wildlife in general, including their habitats and environment: we support the work of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Our principal activities are a programme of birdwatching trips, and a programme of indoor evening meetings. Money from our fundraising activities and profits from our events go toward supporting the work of the RSPB and its international partners.

If you're interested in birds and nature, and want to meet like-minded people, come on one of our birdwatching trips or to one of our meetings. We are a friendly group, who range from complete beginner to experienced birdwatcher, and most of us live or work in London. The annual membership fee is a bargain £5, for which you get: a discount of £2 on every one of our coach trip that you come on, and a newsletter twice a year. We have over 80 paid-up members and another 350 people or more have expressed interest in our activities and are notified of our events.

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