Rutland Ospreys 25th Anniversary Appeal
This year we are celebrating 25 years since the start of the Rutland Osprey Project, one of the UK's greatest conservation success stories.
Ospreys were driven to extinction as a breeding bird in England in 1847. Then in 1996, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water launched a project to bring ospreys back to central England. Osprey chicks were translocated (moved) from Scotland and slowly released at Rutland Water. The Rutland Osprey Project was a conservation success and there is now a self-sustaining population, with some birds now breeding in other parts of England and Wales.
The work of the project has led to the triumphant return of ospreys to central England and since 2001, there have been over 200 young ospreys fledged from nests in Rutland Water.
However, our work is not complete. We want to continue and expand the work we are doing to protect ospreys, and we want to educate and inspire more people about these magnificent birds of prey.
Please support our appeal today to ensure ospreys continue to thrive and soar in our skies for the next 25 years and beyond.
With your support we can continue to protect ospreys through our conservation efforts
It costs around £6,500 a year to undertake vital osprey conservation tasks at Rutland Water and the surrounding areas, including osprey recording and monitoring, nest checking and maintenance, and bird ringing.
With your support we can continue this vital work and could expand what we are doing by:
- Making improvements to existing nest platforms
- Installing remote cameras on nest platforms to improve nest monitoring, which would allow us to gather more data about ospreys and increase our knowledge
- Building relationships with more landowners and businesses in the local area to expand our work
- Train more volunteers to help with osprey monitoring
- Connect and work with more osprey centres and organisations across the UK, Europe and Africa
With your support we can educate more young people about ospreys
Our Osprey Education Team currently engage over 3,000 children each year with osprey conservation and information through talks at local schools, inviting school groups to Lyndon Visitor Centre to experience the ospreys for themselves and through our Osprey Ambassador Programme.
With more support we could:
- Continue to inspire the next generation to care for and protect ospreys
- Grow our resources so we can reach more children and young people across Leicestershire and Rutland
- Increase awareness of osprey conservation in schools here and along the osprey flyway
- Support more young people with an interest in conservation
- Reach more young adults in local colleges and universities
With your support we can continue to engage thousands of people in the local community and beyond
Thousands of people across the world tune-in every year to the Manton Bay webcam to witness a unique insight into the lives of a very special pair of breeding ospreys. We also welcome thousands of visitors to Lyndon Visitor Centre, who come to learn about ospreys and see if they can catch a glimpse of one themselves.
With your support we can continue to inspire people about ospreys and reach new audiences by:
- Ensuring the webcam is maintained, which costs over £2,000 a year
- Improve the audio system on the webcam, which would provide a better experience for viewers and give us a better insight into the behaviour of breeding ospreys
- Make improvements to the birdwatching hides so they are more comfortable and engaging for visitors
- Train more volunteers to help at Lyndon Visitor Centre, and engage with visitors in the bird hides and on Osprey Cruises