Rutland Ospreys

Rutland Ospreys

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170 chicks fledged since 2001
760,000 hits on our webcam every year
6 fish eaten by a hungry family
3,000 young people engaged every year

Osprey Webcam - COMING SOON

Our Osprey Webcam will be live again in just a few weeks! Down in West Africa, the Rutland Ospreys will be stretching their wings and thinking about heading north, undertaking their spectacular 3,000 mile journey. If you can't wait that long, you can see previous clips here. When the ospreys return, you can keep up with them on our social media channels, via our blog and on our newsletter - just follow us or sign up below!

You can also enjoy one of our highlights from last year - all four chicks in the Manton Bay nest being fed...

What's happening at the Rutland Ospreys?

Stay up to date with what's happening at the Rutland Osprey Project by following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! Daily updates throughout the summer...

Ospreys at Rutland Water

Rutland Water is home to the Rutland Osprey Project. You can watch them at their nest site on Lyndon Nature Reserve, soaring majestically over the lagoons or diving to catch fish on an exclusive Osprey Cruise. Find out how this once endangered bird of prey has found a home in Rutland Water and see them yourself. In what is widely celebrated as one of the most inspiring conservation success stories, the triumphant return of the osprey to central England is a story that you can be part of.

Learn more about the project

Learn about ospreys

Ospreys are an incredible bird of prey. They live exclusively on fish, have a wingspan of just over 1.5 metres and can turn one of their toes a full 180 degrees - a trait call zygodactylism! They dive into water feet-first to catch fish, using power talons to catch their prey. They live on every continent in the world apart from Antarctica. Ospreys in the UK migrate south to Africa every winter - a journey of over 3,000 miles to Senegal and the Gambia - and they do this without their parents. They learn the route on their own! They breed around 3-5 years old, usually raising a clutch of 2-3 eggs in their nests. They can live for around 20 years, although the longest recorded lifespan is around 24.

Find out more osprey facts

Osprey (c) Pete Murray
Photographing Ospreys

Horn Mill Trout Farm

Horn Mill Trout Farm has been a favourite fishing ground for the Rutland Ospreys for the last 15 years and can be visited by several birds every day through the season. Hides set right at the waters' edge and sunken into the ground offer unrivalled opportunities to photograph fishing ospreys. We have worked with the River Gwash Trout Farm to make this an ideal place to get close to the birds. You can find out more and book on their website.

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