Eyebrook Reservoir

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    The Reservoir lies 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 either at the car park at Stoke Dry [SK 853 964] or anywhere along the road verges and pull offs, but taking care not to block field gateways or obstruct other traffic.

     

    Managed By
    Anglian Water
    Further Information

    The Rutland side of the Reservoir lies within Stoke Dry CP.

    Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 168

    Description

    This large reservoir straddles the border between Leicestershire and Rutland. Access is limited but good views of the northern end are available from the road.  It is a good bird watching area and has produced a number of rare 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).

    Wildlife Highlights

    Most of the common wildfowl species can be seen here plus a few more unusual species. The northern, inflow end is shallow and at low water levels  areas of mud are exposed that attract numerous waders, including Dunlin and Golden Plover. In winter, rare grebes, smew, and winter swans. Visiting ospreys in summer. A scope is useful as most birds are seen at a distance. For recent sightings see http://www.lros.org.uk/News.htm

     

     

    The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    GadwallAnas strepera17/05/2021egaten
    WigeonAnas penelope17/05/2021egaten
    WhitethroatCorruca communis17/05/2021egaten
    Greylag GooseAnser anser17/05/2021egaten
    Canada GooseBranta canadensis17/05/2021egaten
    Common TernSterna hirundo17/05/2021egaten
    Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava17/05/2021egaten
    YellowhammerEmberiza citrinella17/05/2021egaten
    Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus17/05/2021egaten
    LapwingVanellus vanellus09/05/2021Craig Mabbett
    Little EgretEgretta garzetta09/05/2021Craig Mabbett
    Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava09/05/2021Craig Mabbett
    OspreyPandion haliaetus31/07/2019steven lewis
    Mystacides longicornis31/07/2019steven lewis
    Yellow ShellCamptogramma bilineata31/07/2019steven lewis
    OspreyPandion haliaetus24/03/2019CC
    KestrelFalco tinnunculus14/12/2018egaten
    Mute SwanCygnus olor14/12/2018egaten
    PintailAnas acuta14/12/2018egaten
    Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa14/12/2018egaten
    FieldfareTurdus pilaris14/12/2018egaten
    RedwingTurdus iliacus14/12/2018egaten
    Greylag GooseAnser anser14/12/2018egaten
    TealAnas crecca14/12/2018egaten
    WigeonAnas penelope14/12/2018egaten
    LapwingVanellus vanellus19/10/2018Ken Charity
    Golden PloverPluvialis apricaria19/10/2018Ken Charity
    RuffPhilomachus pugnax19/10/2018Ken Charity
    DunlinCalidris alpina19/10/2018Ken Charity
    Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa19/10/2018Ken Charity
    PintailAnas acuta19/10/2018Ken Charity
    Red KiteMilvus milvus19/10/2018Ken Charity
    BuzzardButeo buteo19/10/2018Ken Charity
    Marsh TitPoecile palustris07/02/2018Ken Charity
    DunlinCalidris alpina07/02/2018Ken Charity
    GadwallAnas strepera04/07/2017Rod Baker
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos04/07/2017Rod Baker
    KnotCalidris canuta01/07/2017Rod Baker
    Mute SwanCygnus olor01/07/2017Rod Baker
    HobbyFalco subbuteo24/06/2017Rod 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
    Gooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana07/06/2017Paul Stevens
    Cheilosia illustrata07/06/2017Paul Stevens
    Leucozona lucorum04/06/2017Paul Stevens

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum15/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana07/06/2017
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis04/06/2017
    BeetlesRutpela maculata14/06/2017
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus09/01/2016
    BirdsSedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus25/05/2013
    BirdsCommon SandpiperActitis hypoleucos05/09/2015
    BirdsMandarinAix galericulata02/08/2014
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis08/09/2015
    BirdsRed-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa26/05/2015
    BirdsEgyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiacus15/08/2015
    BirdsPintailAnas acuta07/10/2014
    BirdsShovellerAnas clypeata21/10/2016
    BirdsTealAnas crecca14/12/2018
    BirdsWigeonAnas penelope21/10/2016
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos22/06/2017
    BirdsGarganeyAnas querquedula02/08/2014
    BirdsGadwallAnas strepera21/10/2016
    BirdsGreylag GooseAnser anser15/04/2017
    BirdsPink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchus04/12/2014
    BirdsSwiftApus apus23/04/2015
    BirdsGreat White EgretArdea alba14/03/2017
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea15/04/2017
    BirdsTurnstoneArenaria interpres19/05/2015
    BirdsShort-eared OwlAsio flammeus19/04/2016
    BirdsRing-necked DuckAythya collaris05/12/2012
    BirdsPochardAythya ferina24/09/2016
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula07/07/2016
    BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis17/05/2021
    BirdsBarnacle GooseBranta leucopsis24/07/2014
    BirdsGoldeneyeBucephala clangula27/10/2015
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo02/01/2017
    BirdsSanderlingCalidris alba09/05/2015
    BirdsDunlinCalidris alpina28/11/2015
    BirdsKnotCalidris canuta01/07/2017
    BirdsCurlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea29/08/2015
    BirdsLittle StintCalidris minuta09/09/2014
    BirdsLesser RedpollCarduelis cabaret05/12/2012
    BirdsLinnetCarduelis cannabina28/06/2014
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis15/04/2017
    BirdsSiskinCarduelis spinus05/12/2012
    BirdsTreecreeperCerthia familiaris29/11/2014
    BirdsLittle Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius06/07/2013
    BirdsRinged PloverCharadrius hiaticula25/08/2015
    BirdsBlack TernChlidonias niger17/09/2016
    BirdsBlack-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus25/07/2015
    BirdsLong-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis02/05/2004
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus15/04/2017
    BirdsWhitethroatCorruca communis20/06/2015
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax16/09/2013
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone25/07/2015
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula15/04/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus15/04/2017
    BirdsBewick's SwanCygnus columbianus19/11/2007
    BirdsWhooper SwanCygnus cygnus19/04/2014
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor15/04/2017
    BirdsHouse MartinDelichon urbicum14/04/2016
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major30/01/2016
    BirdsLittle EgretEgretta garzetta01/04/2014
    BirdsYellowhammerEmberiza citrinella28/06/2014
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula15/04/2017
    BirdsPeregrine FalconFalco peregrinus04/12/2014
    BirdsHobbyFalco subbuteo13/08/2015
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus26/03/2016
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs26/04/2017
    BirdsBramblingFringilla montifringilla28/11/2015
    BirdsCootFulica atra15/04/2017
    BirdsSnipeGallinago gallinago15/08/2015
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius28/10/2014
    BirdsOystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus05/03/2016
    BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica19/04/2014
    BirdsLittle GullHydrocoloeus minutus22/03/2016
    BirdsHerring GullLarus argentatus15/04/2017
    BirdsCommon GullLarus canus21/10/2016
    BirdsLesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus25/07/2015
    BirdsGlaucous GullLarus hyperboreus07/01/2017
    BirdsGreat Black-backed GullLarus marinus21/10/2016
    BirdsMediterranean GullLarus melanocephalus31/07/2014
    BirdsYellow-legged GullLarus michahellis18/08/2015
    BirdsBar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica13/06/2015
    BirdsBlack-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa30/07/2015
    BirdsVelvet ScoterMelanitta fusca10/12/2013
    BirdsSmewMergus albellus08/02/2009
    BirdsGoosanderMergus merganser09/01/2013
    BirdsRed-breasted MerganserMergus serrator09/01/2016
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus05/03/2016
    BirdsGannetMorus bassanus28/06/2014
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea04/03/2014
    BirdsYellow WagtailMotacilla flava30/07/2015
    BirdsSpotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata04/06/2015
    BirdsRed-crested PochardNetta rufina28/10/2014
    BirdsCurlewNumenius arquata11/07/2015
    BirdsWhimbrelNumenius phaeopus21/07/2015
    BirdsWheatearOenanthe oenanthe10/04/2014
    BirdsOspreyPandion haliaetus10/08/2013
    BirdsGreat TitParus major15/04/2017
    BirdsHouse SparrowPasser domesticus15/04/2017
    BirdsTree SparrowPasser montanus19/01/2016
    BirdsCoal TitPeriparus ater09/01/2013
    BirdsCormorantPhalacrocorax carbo22/08/2011
    BirdsRed-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus13/06/2014
    BirdsPheasantPhasianus colchicus15/04/2017
    BirdsRuffPhilomachus pugnax12/09/2015
    BirdsRedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus14/04/2015
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita22/03/2017
    BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus16/08/2016
    BirdsMagpiePica pica15/04/2017
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis30/01/2016
    BirdsSpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia01/10/2015
    BirdsGolden PloverPluvialis apricaria09/01/2013
    BirdsAmerican Golden PloverPluvialis dominica23/10/2015
    BirdsGrey PloverPluvialis squatarola23/04/2015
    BirdsSlavonian GrebePodiceps auritus01/12/2015
    BirdsGreat Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus25/07/2015
    BirdsMarsh TitPoecile palustris07/02/2018
    BirdsSpotted CrakePorzana porzana02/09/2013
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis15/04/2017
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula15/04/2017
    BirdsWater RailRallus aquaticus09/01/2013
    BirdsAvocetRecurvirostra avosetta07/05/2004
    BirdsSand MartinRiparia riparia22/08/2013
    BirdsKittiwakeRissa tridactyla08/03/2016
    BirdsWhinchatSaxicola rubetra27/08/2016
    BirdsStonechatSaxicola torquata01/03/2016
    BirdsLittle TernSterna albifrons09/07/2014
    BirdsCommon TernSterna hirundo08/06/2013
    BirdsArctic TernSterna paradisaea16/04/2016
    BirdsSandwich TernSterna sandvicensis22/04/2014
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla04/06/2015
    BirdsLesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca25/07/2015
    BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis10/08/2013
    BirdsShelduckTadorna tadorna15/04/2014
    BirdsSpotted RedshankTringa erythropus13/09/2004
    BirdsWood SandpiperTringa glareola12/07/2014
    BirdsGreenshankTringa nebularia23/04/2015
    BirdsGreen SandpiperTringa ochropus15/08/2015
    BirdsRedshankTringa totanus12/06/2014
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes15/04/2017
    BirdsRedwingTurdus iliacus14/12/2018
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula15/04/2017
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos15/04/2017
    BirdsFieldfareTurdus pilaris22/11/2014
    BirdsBarn OwlTyto alba05/07/2014
    BirdsLapwingVanellus vanellus09/05/2021
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae11/09/2016
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines26/04/2017
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta11/09/2016
    CaddisfliesMystacides longicornis31/07/2019
    FungiMicrobotryum stellariae08/10/2015
    HoverfliesCheilosia illustrata07/06/2017
    HoverfliesLeucozona lucorum04/06/2017
    HoverfliesVolucella bombylans04/06/2017
    MammalsBrown HareLepus europaeus28/04/2006
    MammalsStoatMustela erminea28/10/2014
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea22/06/2013
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana09/10/2015
    MothsYellow ShellCamptogramma bilineata31/07/2019
    MothsPear Leaf Blister MothLeucoptera malifoliella09/10/2015
    MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella09/10/2015
    MothsHawthorn SlenderParornix anglicella09/10/2015
    MothsHawthorn MidgetPhyllonorycter corylifoliella09/10/2015
    MothsCommon Thorn MidgetPhyllonorycter oxyacanthae09/10/2015
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella09/10/2015
    MothsCommon Thorn PigmyStigmella crataegella09/10/2015
    MothsScrubland PigmyStigmella plagicolella09/10/2015
    MothsSmall Beech PigmyStigmella tityrella09/10/2015
    Slugs & SnailsPainter's MusselUnio pictorum08/10/1961
    WildflowersWater ChickweedStellaria aquatica08/10/2015