The Rutland Osprey Project started 25 years ago because ospreys had become extinct in England and Wales. As a result of the project, ospreys have now spread across the two countries and this year the project is celebrating a major milestone with the hatching of its 200th chick!
Ospreys are a huge fish-eating bird of prey with a wingspan of nearly 5 feet and can live for up to 20 years. The 200th chick, a female, fledged in July and was ringed with the number 360 to identify her.
Abi Mustard, Osprey Information Officer for the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, says:
This year is an important and exciting year for the Rutland Osprey Project – we’re thrilled to be celebrating our 25th anniversary and also welcoming the 200th chick. It’s brilliant that we now have a self-sustaining population of ospreys in England.
“The success of the Rutland Osprey Project is not only due to the resilience of the birds themselves, but also to the hard work, support and dedication of everyone who has been involved – we have a wonderful team of volunteers, staff, local landowners and supporters who have helped facilitate these incredible achievements. We are all looking forward to seeing what the next 25 years brings.”