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Special December Offers!

Special December Offers!

Can you believe it is December already? If like me you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas, then we’ve got two special December offers that may just help…

We’re offering free postage and packing on The Rutland Water Ospreys. Since its publication earlier this year, the book – which tells the full story of the project – has received some great reviews:

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“This beautifully illustrated account of a raptor reintroduction illuminates and inspires” –  BBC Wildlife

“An inspiring read” –  Daily Express

“The Rutland Water Ospreys offers an exciting and inspirational narrative, greatly enriched by the individually different, diary-style accounts of volunteers and the superb paintings and photographs” –  Ibis (The International Journal of Avian Science)

The book which is superbly illustrated throughout by John Wright’s fabulous artwork and photos is a must-read for anyone with an interest in birds or wildlife. Not only would it make a superb Christmas gift, but all proceeds from website sales go direct to the project. So don’t hesitate, order your copy today by clicking here. Please note that free postage and packing is only available to UK addresses. For over-seas orders please e-mail timmackrill@rutlandwater.org.uk.

One of the best ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to join us for one of our Osprey cruises. After an introductory talk, we board the Rutland Belle and set-off for an hour-and-a-half crusie in search of fishing Ospreys. In short, it is a unique way to watch Ospreys doing what Ospreys do best! Not only that, but you also get free access to Rutland Water Nature Reserve on the day of your cruise.

This December we’re offering tickets and Gift Vouchers for Osprey cruises for just £18 – a saving of £2 on the standard price. So, don’t delay, either book your tickets online by clicking here or, if you would like to buy gift vouchers please e-mail sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.uk or phone  01572 653024. For more information about all our cruises – including special dawn cruises, click here.

Rutland Belle

30's latest data shows she remains very settled on the coast of Senegal

Ospreys and education in Africa

We had our first frost in Rutland today. Its a far cry from the beach in Senegal where our satellite-tagged Osprey, 30(05) is wintering. Her latest batch of GPS data shows that she remains very settled on the coast, frequenting the same perches each day and making short flights out to sea to catch fish. In fact her longest flight over the past ten days, was just one mile.

30's latest data shows she remains very settled on the coast of Senegal

30’s latest data shows she remains very settled on the coast of Senegal

As the migration of 30 demonstrates, it is important that conservation of migratory species is not only focused on the breeding grounds. And it’s for that reason that we set-up the Osprey Flyways Project in 2011. One of the key aims of this exciting project is to provide wildlife education for schools in key-over wintering areas. For the past two years we have been running a pilot education project in five Gambian schools which, we hope, will provide a sustainable model that will enable us to replicate the work in other parts of Africa in the future. None of this would be possible without your support: to date the project has been funded entirely by sponsored activities – from marathons to cycle rides – and a book sale at the Lyndon Visitor Centre and so we are extremely grateful to everyone who has either sponsored us or bought books. The money means that in the past month alone, more than 100 students have been on field trips in The Gambia. This can only be good for conservation; who knows it may just be inspiring the next generation of African conservationists. Here’s a new video explaining what it’s all about.