Focus on wildlife in Melton and Rutland through August

Butterfly spotting 'PHOTO: Eric Renno
Butterfly spotting 'PHOTO: Eric Renno
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Families can explore the wonderful world of wildlife through August in Melton and Rutland.

Activities such as wild walks, bat watching and butterfly spotting have been organised by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

Enjoy evening wildlife watches at Holwell Nature Reserves on August 12 and 26, from 7.30pm. Take an a evening stroll to observe nocturnal wildlife such as badgers, bats and foxes.

Booking is essential, limit 10 people, £4 per person or £10 for two adults and two children. Call George Kerr on 07748 958065.

Parents and tots can go on a wild walk starting at Rutland Water’s Lyndon Visitor Centre on Wednesday, from 10.30am to 12 noon. Explore the nature reserve with a relaxed introduction to some very special wildlife.

Booking is essential, maximum of four children booked per adult, £5 per adult, £3 per child. Call 01572 770651.

There is also a wild walk scheduled for families starting at Rutland Water’s Anglian Water Birdwatching, on August 7, from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Same booking details apply as the parents and tots walk.

Identify different species of butterflies on a two-hour walk for beginners on August 6, from 10am-12noon. Meet at the Lyndon Visitor Centre.

Booking is essential, £12 per person. Visit

Experience bat swarming at Brown’s Hill Quary (next to Holwell Nature Reserves) on August 27, from 7.45pm.

Watch bats emerging from their underground hibernation. Bring warm clothes, refreshmets and something to sit on.

Booking is essential. Involves sitting in dark so may not be suitable for children. Call Jenny Harris on 07754 141785.

Alternatively, discover bats at Rutland Water’s Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre on August 28, from 8pm-10.30pm. Take a guided walk to listen and identify the bats using bat detectors.

Booking is essential, £10 per person. Call 01572 770651.

A family fun day has been organised at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre on August 28, from 10am-3pm. It includes crafts and a bug hunt.

No booking is required, suitable for all ages, £3 per person.

Another attraction in Augist for families to note is Rutland’s Bird fair from August 19 to 21. Details of which can be found at