Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
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.
The Rutland side of the Reservoir lies within Stoke Dry CP.
Total species seen at this site: 168
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).
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.