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.
Total species seen at this site: 173
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).
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Marsh Tit||Poecile palustris||07/02/2018||Ken Charity|
|Dunlin||Calidris alpina||07/02/2018||Ken Charity|
|Gadwall||Anas strepera||04/07/2017||Rod Baker|
|Kestrel||Falco tinnunculus||04/07/2017||Rod Baker|
|Mallard||Anas platyrhynchos||04/07/2017||Rod Baker|
|Knot||Calidris canuta||01/07/2017||Rod Baker|
|Mute Swan||Cygnus olor||01/07/2017||Rod Baker|
|Barn Owl||Tyto alba||26/06/2017||Paul Stevens|
|Hobby||Falco subbuteo||24/06/2017||Rod Baker|
|Lesser Whitethroat||Sylvia curruca||22/06/2017||Rod Baker|
|Mallard||Anas platyrhynchos||22/06/2017||Rod Baker|
|Mute Swan||Cygnus olor||22/06/2017||Rod Baker|
|Rutpela maculata||14/06/2017||Paul Stevens|
|Common Tern||Sterna hirundo||10/06/2017||Rod Baker|
|Red Kite||Milvus milvus||10/06/2017||Rod Baker|
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.