Rutland Water is Anglian Water’s drinking water reservoir in the county of Rutland, England, just east of the county town Oakham. It provides a reserve supply of water in the driest and most densely populated quarter of the United Kingdom and is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. By surface area it is the largest reservoir in England, but by capacity it is exceeded by Kielder Water. Set in 3,100 acres (13 km2) of countryside, it has a 25-mile (40 km) circular track for walking and visitors may hire a bicycle.Since the water is drawn upon when needed, the relative areas of land and water vary a little but the flatter parts of the lake margin are enclosed by banks so that the wetland nature reserve is maintained. The reservoir is used not just for water storage, but is a popular sports centre – as well as water sports such as sailing visitors enjoy fishing, walking and cycling along a 25-mile (40-km) perimeter track. A pleasure cruiser, the Rutland Belle, carries people around the lake. Bird-watching brings visitors from far afield. Large areas of wetland (as well as several small woods) at the western end of the lake form a nature reserve, managed by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. The area is designated a Special Protection Area of international importance for its wintering populations of Gadwall and Shoveler. It is home to the Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre. Every August, the centre is the venue for the British Bird-watching Fair. Other birds found here include Lapwing,Coot, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Teal, Wigeon, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe and, most notably, Osprey. The lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The lake itself is stocked with trout (trout and Rainbow), but there is a large head of coarse fish populated by water pumped in from the River Welland and River Nene, species include Roach, Bream, Pike, Zander, Perch, Eel and Carp.
Official Website : https://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/
Photo : Normaton church at Rutland Water. Author-Lofty (talk).
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