Environment

"Nestling on the borders of three counties - Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, Eyebrook reservoir is a jewel hidden in one of the prettiest parts of England. Surrounded by rolling arable fields, pasture land, spruce pine and willow trees, you would be hard stretched to find a more attractive water." Not only can visitors enjoy the idyllic tranquil and peaceful surroundings of the Eyebrook estate, the reservoir also boast's a wide variety of wildlife that can be observed during your fishing visit. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1956, the reservoir is managed within Natural England guidelines for the benefit of all wildlife. The reservoir is especially important for its overwintering wildfowl which to this day includes numbers of widgeon, pochard, teal and smew.

A velvet scoter appeared in full view of the fishing lodge during December 2013 and many bird watchers were able to get some fantastic views and pictures of this rare large sea duck, this bird was only one of five sightings ever recorded at the reservoir.

 A great northern diver is a rare visitor to Eyebrook and caused a bit of a stir within the bird watching fraternity, the last diver being recorded at Eyebrook some 25 years ago.  Amongst other birds that have been seen at Eyebrook, a very rare visitor in the shape of a golden oriole, a brilliantly coloured bird with a golden yellow plumage, this bird was also sighted in the working yard area of the estate but later dissappeared into the tree canopy, never to be seen again. A gannet also appeared out of the blue some months ago.

 Reports of sightings of otter busy with their day to day activities are infrequent but three were photographed at the Stockerston Bridge at the inflow of the reservoir, a big dog otter has also been sighted on occasion at the fishing lodge and unusually one day a dog otter was seen devouring a cormorant!

We have association's with the Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society (LROS) and The Rutland Natural History Society (RNHS). Memberships of either of these societies allows privileged access to the grounds of the reservoir. Over the last decade, many volunteers have undertaken much invaluable work around the reservoir site monitoring both the flora and fauna. Volunteers such as the Eyebrook Reservoir Ringing Group are making great efforts towards re-establishing breeding colonies of birdlife such as tree-sparrows, with the erection of 100 plus bird boxes and bird feeding stations throughout the Eyebrook site.

Since 1999 a small number of locals have been trapping moths around the reservoir grounds and during this time have built up some very interesting data on species of moths that frequent the Eyebrook estate and immediate area. These moths come with such wonderful names such as bordered beauty, scalloped hazel, rosey rustic and riband wave to name but a few.

The Eyebrook management team are indebted to the regular volunteers who continue with this invaluable conservation work around the Eyebrook estate, our thanks in particular go to Darryl Saunders, Jean Harvey and Ron Follows.

Apart from heron and more recently little, cattle and great egret, the reservoir plays host to another master fisherman, the osprey, which is often sighted by both birdwatchers and anglers alike and gives regular flying displays and demonstrations in the art of catching fish. Another regular and now a very common sight above the Eyebrook grounds are the red kite as they quarter the skies on the look out for carrion. The estate also plays host to numbers of buzzard who reel and cry above the skies, rising high on thermals above the warming waters of the reservoir. Many other birds of prey at times make brief appearances including peregrine falcon, hobby, merlin and marsh harrier.

Over more recent years the Eyebrook reservoir and estate has grown in popularity with visitors from far and wide and is now also ranked as one of the country's finest premier trout fisheries and with ever increasing numbers of visitors it is most important that we are all aware of the fragile environment we undertake our leisure activities in and in turn should well respect the Eyebrook estate accordingly.

To find out lots more about Eyebrook reservoirs wildlife and up to date bird counts click on the link below

http://www.naturespot.org.uk/wild-place/eyebrook-reservoir

 

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