Eyebrook Reservoir

Wildlife Highlights

The northern, inflow end is shallow and presents areas of mud that attract numerous waders, including Dunlin and Golden Plover in winter. Most of the common wildfowl species can be seen here plus a few more unusual species such as Garganey. This site is not too far from Rutland Water and attracts Ospreys which can sometimes be seen fishing.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 175

Description

This large reservoir straddles the border between Leicestershire and Rutland. Access is limited but good views of the inflow end are available from the road and this is where most of the birds are. It is an excellent bird watching area and has produced a number of unusual species. The reservoir has a famous history as it was the test area for the revolutionary 'bouncing bomb' used in the Dambuster raids during World Word II. It was built between 1937 and 1940 by damming the Eye Brook and the site now covers around 200 hectares (150ha of open water).

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
GadwallAnas strepera04/07/2017Rod Baker
KestrelFalco tinnunculus04/07/2017Rod Baker
MallardAnas platyrhynchos04/07/2017Rod Baker
KnotCalidris canuta01/07/2017Rod Baker
Mute SwanCygnus olor01/07/2017Rod Baker
Barn OwlTyto alba26/06/2017Paul Stevens
HobbyFalco subbuteo24/06/2017Rod Baker
Lesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca22/06/2017Rod Baker
MallardAnas platyrhynchos22/06/2017Rod Baker
Mute SwanCygnus olor22/06/2017Rod Baker
Rutpela maculata14/06/2017Paul Stevens
Common TernSterna hirundo10/06/2017Rod Baker
Red KiteMilvus milvus10/06/2017Rod Baker
Red KiteMilvus milvus10/06/2017Rod Baker
Common TernSterna hirundo08/06/2017Rod Baker
Getting There

The reservoir is two miles south of Uppingham. To reach it take the A6003 south out of Uppingham, then turn right onto the minor road to Stoke Dry after a mile and a half. This road continues down the hill and round the north-west half of the reservoir. Park carefully anywhere along the road, taking care not to block field gateways or obstruct other traffic.