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Willow Birds SOLD OUT

Willow Birds SOLD OUT

Duration: 10am - 4pm

Price: £50

Book with: Dale Martin
at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre
Egleton
Rutland
LE158BT

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About the Course

During this day course you will learn several weaving techniques that will enable you to make 2 birds. Starting in the morning with a small wren, you will learn how to handle the willow and create lifelike features. After a light lunch we will move onto creating a larger bird of your choice, with more complex weaves.

The courses happen on Rutland Water Nature Reserve, this internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl.

It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated as a European Special Protection Area and internationally recognised as a globally important wetland RAMSAR site.

The reserve occupies shore line and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water and covers a total area of 1000 acres. It was created in the 1970s with the construction of the reservoir. There are over 30 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor centres with experts to help you with identification.

The Reserve is also home to the successful Rutland Osprey Project which in 2001 celebrated the first Osprey chick to fledge in Central England for 150 years. Currently several pairs of Ospreys breed in and around Rutland Water and are regularly seen fishing over the reservoir from April – September. Click here for more information.

The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton offers exciting environmental displays, viewing gallery, excellent schools service, Wildlife Trust shop and In Focus optical shop. At the Lyndon Visitor Centre there is a fascinating Weather and Wildlife exhibition as well as a Wildlife Trust shop.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials will be provided.

A light lunch is included. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.

Booking is essential for this popular course.

NB You will need to come in a vehicle suitable for taking away your birds, or bring a roof rack!



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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly