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The Countryside of Leicestershire

Discover the countryside of Leicestershire on your doorstep or on holiday



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Leicestershires Countryside
With information on Parks, Gardens and outdoor activities.

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
Lots of info on the wildlife and landscape of Leicestershire as well as the Trusts reserves.

Parks and outdoor activities - Leics. CC
Country Parks, Walking, Cycling and more at Leicestershire County Council.

CPRE Leicestershire
CPRE fights for a better future for Leicestershire’s countryside...

Leics. Countryside - Visit England
Things to do in the Leicestershire countryside at the official Visit England site.

Leicestershire Country Parks
Info on sites, parks, volunteering, the countryside show and more.

Leicester & Leicestershire – on foot
Find out about footpaths, bridleways and byways across the city and county...

NatureSpot - Recording Wildlife
Recording the Wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland.

Parks & Open Spaces - Leicester
Information about parks and open spaces at Leicester City Council.

Local Nature Reserves
Extensive list and further details of LNRs in Leicestershire.

SSSIs in Leicestershire
List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Leicestershire with further details.

Leicestershire's NNRs
Leicestershire's National Nature Reserves at

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CoolStays in Leicestershire

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Rural Retreats in Leicestershire

A fine lodge in a woodland clearing set in a country estate of 2000 acres with picturesque lakes and built using estate timber. 3 beds, wood burning stove...

Latest News

  • Coronavirus (covid-19) update – parks now closed

    Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors is our top priority. In response to local reports of people continuing to gather in public places, we have taken the difficult decision to close all country parks effective immediately. We’re encouraging all our visitors to stay safe in these unprecedented times by keeping

  • Coronavirus (covid-19) update

    In line with national guidance and government recommendations our Country Park sites are currently remaining open. Please continue to check back on our web pages and social media for updates, should this change. Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our top priority.  We are taking additional measures at

  • A Summary of Bird Ringing at Fieldfare Hide 2018 by Chris Hughes

    Introduction Due to family illness only 5 ringing sessions were held at the site in 2018 with 309 birds processed. Details are shown below. The most unusual bird caught was a juvenile Barred Warbler, trapped on 31 August. Session reports 20 April 2018 – 38 ringed, 11 retraps – total birds 49 A sunny, warm

  • Cimbex connatus

    Cimbex connatus A very large (3 cm body length) sawfly, vaguely resembling a hornet but fatter bodied. Once thought extinct in Britain it was re-discovered in Wiltshire in the 1990’s and has since spread through southern England and up the east coast as far as Yorkshire. We think this record may be only the third

  • Countryside Show 2019

    The Countryside Show is making a welcomed return in 2019 and it is set to be the best year yet! That’s right, the sun is shining, the countryside air is fresher than ever and we’re excited to share with you our showstopping line-up for 2019. Taking place at Beacon Hill Country Park, the show boasts

  • Work Experience: A Blog by Edward Harriss

    We’ve been lucky to have Ed join us for several work experience placements here at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Here he writes about his first experience here:  My name is Edward Harriss, I am 19, and I am a Level 3 Student of Animal Management from Stamford College. I live in Crowland, just North of

  • Recruitment has begun for our next intake of Trainees…

    Looking to kick-start your career in conservation? We’re recruiting Volunteer Trainee Reserve Officers

  • Work Experience: A blog by Eleanor

    Eleanor has spent the past week volunteering at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Here she writes about her experience.  I spent a week towards the beginning of April doing work experience here at Rutland Water. I had visited the centre before, four years previously, and so I was really excited to come back and see if

  • Introducing our new Osprey Team Members

    We are pleased to introduce 2 new members of the Rutland Osprey Project team. Marie Dipple – Osprey Project Officer Marie has worked on various wildlife monitoring and conservation projects with the RSPB, Severn Rivers Trust, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Denbighshire Countryside Service. She has worked abroad and in the UK as a research

  • Calling all young nature buffs!

    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust are appealing to all young people 8-16 years old interested in wildlife and nature to sign-up to a summer school with the Rutland Osprey Project this year. The Rutland Osprey Project is offering young people the chance to work with the Rutland Osprey team to learn more about birds and

  • Tales from the Trainees: Winter Update

    Trainee Reserve Officers Abi and Cormac update us on what they’ve been getting up to at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Since our previous blog entries, we have been involved in a lot more work on the reserve, both with the reserve’s Habitat team and the Projects team. As part of the traineeship, we had the

  • Introducing our new Assistant Reserve Officer

    Before Christmas, we were joined at Rutland Water Nature Reserve by a new Assistant Reserve Officer – although he may be familiar to some! Matt Taylor introduces himself below.  Hi everyone!  I think/hope most of you will remember me from when I was a trainee in 2017/2018, but just in case, I’m Matt Taylor and

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