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: 100

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
StoatMustela erminea28/10/2014Rod Baker
StonechatSaxicola torquata28/10/2014Rod Baker
JayGarrulus glandarius28/10/2014Rod Baker
Red KiteMilvus milvus28/10/2014Rod Baker
PintailAnas acuta28/10/2014Rod Baker
Red-crested PochardNetta rufina28/10/2014Rod Baker
Little StintCalidris minuta25/10/2014Rod Baker
RuffPhilomachus pugnax10/10/2014Rod Baker
PintailAnas acuta10/10/2014Rod Baker
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major07/10/2014Rod Baker
PintailAnas acuta07/10/2014Rod Baker
Little EgretEgretta garzetta02/10/2014Rod Baker
JayGarrulus glandarius02/10/2014Rod Baker
ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita02/10/2014Rod Baker
KestrelFalco tinnunculus23/09/2014Rod 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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