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Rutland Ospreys News Channel

The Rutland Osprey project is extremely lucky to be supported by a team of over 150 very dedicated and hard-working volunteers. Each year we have a special end-of-season party to thank them all. During the party we always put on a bit of ‘entertainment’ and, so, as a special festive treat, here’s our offering this year…

…The Rutland Ospreys News Channel! Please note that this was completely unrehearsed! Keep an eye out for a special appearance from the Stig too…

Thanks to Dave Cole for filming all the fun. Merry Christmas to you all.

 

 

 

Students from Tanji Lower Basic school enjoying a fieldtrip using optics provided by the project

Rotary tea for African education

As you will know if you have been following the work of the project in recent years, we have set-up an education project in West Africa that aims to give local school children the opportunity to learn about wildlife and conservation. The project, which is co-ordinated in Africa by Gambian bird guide Junkung Jadama, has enabled students from three schools to learn more about Ospreys and other wildlife through a series of talks and fieldtrips. The work, which has included purchasing computer equipment and optics for use by the students, has been funded by a series of sponsored events and fund-raising activities.

Students from Tanji Lower Basic school enjoying a fieldtrip using optics provided by the project

Junkung Jadama and a student at Kartong school using a laptop funded by the project

Having successfully piloted the project in three schools, we now plan to extend it to other parts of Gambia and Senegal. With this in mind, we are very grateful to Stamford Burghley Rotary and Ladies Inner Wheel who have just donated £300 towards the project: money they raised by holding a Bridge Tea. We’ll be using their money to help fund further field trips over the coming months. This, we hope, will help the students to develop a greater understanding of bird migration and the need to project species like Ospreys, during the winter.

Michelle Househam (left) and Tim Mackrill (right) with John Foster from Stamford Burghley Rotary club who have kindly donated £300 to the project. John also happens to be a Rutland Osprey Project volunteer!

We wish you a merry Christmas…

With best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Rutland Osprey Project.

Text inside reads: However you spend your days this Christmas and New Year, may they be peaceful and happy

Osprey Christmas Cards

If you’re looking for a Christmas card with a difference this year, then look no further!

Thanks to kind sponsorship from Altmore Business Law we’re selling two designs, with all proceeds going to our wildlife education work in West Africa. The cards are on sale at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, for the bargain price of just £2.50 for a pack of 5. Alternatively please call 01572 770651 and we’ll arrange to post them to you.

Huge thanks to Catherine Drury for her help with the cards.

Text inside reads: However you spend your days this Christmas and New Year, may they be peaceful and happy

Text inside reads: Wherever you spend your Christmas and New Year, may they be peaceful and happy

An Osprey Cruise on a sunny summer evening in 2012

Come cruising with us!

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to watch an Osprey catch a fish then you’ll know that it is one of those must-see wildlife events. One of the best ways of seeing one in action at Rutland Water is to come on one of our very popular Osprey Cruises aboard the Rutland Belle.

Next summer we’ll be running 18 public cruises, on selected Wednesdays and Saturdays from late May until the end of August. Most set sail in the evening, but if you like an early start then there are four sunrise cruises to keep you happy, each departing at 6am.

Whatever the start time, the idea is the same: we’re out on the water for an hour-and-a-half and in that time visit the parts of the reservoir where we’re most likely to see the Ospreys fishing. In the past we’ve had some spectacular views of birds diving for fish close to the boat, but even when sightings prove more tricky, there is a host of the reservoir’s other wildlife and some very scenic views to enjoy.

You can enjoy some stunning views of Rutland Water from on board the Rutland Belle
You can now book online for all of our 2013 dates and we offer special cruise vouchers too – a perfect Christmas gift. For more information, or to book click here.

And to see what Simon King thinks about the cruises, check out the video below which was filmed at this year’s Birdfair.