Eyebrook Reservoir

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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.

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Total species seen at this site: 97

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).

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Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Little StintCalidris minuta09/09/2014Rod Baker
SanderlingCalidris alba09/09/2014Rod Baker
PintailAnas acuta09/09/2014Rod Baker
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea09/09/2014Rod Baker
Little EgretEgretta garzetta06/09/2014Rod Baker
Red KiteMilvus milvus06/09/2014Rod Baker
KestrelFalco tinnunculus06/09/2014Rod Baker
ShelduckTadorna tadorna02/09/2014Rod Baker
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsis02/09/2014Rod Baker
Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa30/08/2014Rod Baker
RuffPhilomachus pugnax30/08/2014Rod Baker
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava30/08/2014Rod Baker
KestrelFalco tinnunculus26/08/2014Rod Baker
Little EgretEgretta garzetta26/08/2014Rod Baker
ShelduckTadorna tadorna23/08/2014Rod Baker
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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.

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