Rutland Ospreys Webcam Appeal - Target £15,000
Help us improve the Rutland Osprey Webcams and bring more people closer to nature
We need your help to raise £15,000 so we can buy new equipment and make vital improvements to our webcam system that streams live footage of the Rutland Ospreys nest. We want to improve the reliability, streaming quality and speed of our current system, to minimise interruptions, enhance your experience and future proof the webcams.
Being able to watch these fascinating birds in such detail is a privilege and inspires new audiences and the next generation of conservationists.
For many years, our webcams have provided thousands of people a unique insight into the lives of a very special pair of breeding ospreys. The cameras on the Manton Bay nest have captured some spectacular footage, allowing everyone watching to witness and record exciting events in the calendar of breeding ospreys - from the moment the adults return all the way through to the fledging of the chicks.
This year in particular, the cameras have brought solace to many stuck at home during the COVID 19 lockdown, bringing nature into people’s homes at a time when we needed it most. We have been lucky to be able to watch this season as Maya and 33(11) have been busy raising an amazing four chicks, oblivious to what is going on in our world. Thanks to the live streaming webcams, we have not missed a key moment.
With your help, we can make improvements to the camera system and associated equipment, which would allow people all over the world to be able to continue to experience these amazing birds of prey up close. We will be able to show clearer images of the ospreys in high definition, without interruption at crucial points during the ospreys breeding season.
Why are the cameras important?
As well as being able to watch these fascinating birds up close, the cameras have several other key benefits:
- Observing the birds closely allows us to gather important information and data on the behaviour of a breeding pair of ospreys, which assists with osprey conservation and protection
- Live streams and recorded footage are used by our Osprey Education team as a key tool in educating the next generation of conservationists
- Monitoring of the webcams provides volunteering opportunities for the local community
- The webcams engage and inspire new audiences and people of all ages to learn more about wildlife
- They bring people from across the world closer together and closer to nature
Can you help?
Any donation you can give will make a huge difference, please help us to continue our work and share the osprey story far and wide.
Other ways to donate
Please send a cheque made payable to 'Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust' with a note stating that your donation is for the Rutland Ospreys Webcam Appeal and send to:
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE
Text WEBCAM to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.
Or text WEBCAM followed by any amount between £1-£20 e.g. to donate £10 text WEBCAM 10. Texts cost your chosen donation amount plus one standard rate message.