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A week today…

A week today and it’s the Osprey Project’s annual Family Fun Day! Held on the first Tuesday in August (this year 2nd Aug) at the Lyndon Nature Reserve, this day of fun incorporates ospreys, games, activities and a migration through the nature reserve…

Children will get to be an osprey for the day, with their very own “leg ring”! The Lyndon Centre will be England, then you will head through the reserve through France and Spain on your way to Africa! There will be five stops on the way, and at each stop there will be a game to play, something to make or something to see. After each activity you will receive a stamp on your “passport” to prove that you have done it. When you reach Waderscrape hide, the Education Team will be there to welcome you and help you to see the ospreys and complete your migration.

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For an extra £2, you can have a copy of “Be an Osprey Expert”, written by two of our Education Officers and full of questions, facts and quizzes for you to fill in on the way to Waderscrape. There is a certificate in the back of the book which will be signed for you on completion!



Osprey Family Fun Days are always lot of fun!

Successfully migrated Ospreys!

On top of all that, the talented Carole Brookes of “Nature Knits” is making a one-off appearance at our Fun Day, selling special hand-made ospreys, puppets, bags, hats, scarves and so much more, not just of ospreys but other wildlife too! These are limited edition, on this day only!

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There is no need to book, just turn up at the Lyndon Centre any time between 10am and 3pm on Tuesday 2nd August. Entry costs just £10 per family, with an extra £2 for a book to complete.

We hope to see you at Lyndon next week!

For more information click here!



Now that we are nearing the end of July, the juveniles are becoming more and more adventurous and staying away from the nest for longer periods, which means we’re beginning to get “empty nest syndrome” in the centre, as that’s all we see! We’ve said before though that this time of year is one of the best to see an abundance of action in Manton Bay from the hides on the nature reserve. This latest video by Dave Cole demonstrates just how good the viewing is from down there! Thanks to Dave for this excellent footage.

The juveniles still return to the nest when there is fish though! Today, 33 delivered a nice big trout in the morning, which T7 took control of and mantled defensively over it when the others appeared. They are becoming more possessive over food these days, and T7 flew off with this fish onto the fallen poplar, to reduce the risk of it getting pinched!

T8 was the one who claimed the next enormous fish that was brought in later in the afternoon! The others both wanted some though!

T8 with fish

T8 with fish

T6 flies in

T6 flies in

T7 flies in

T7 flies in


T6’s leg / foot injury appears to be healing well. Today she was seen standing comfortably on both legs, and even stood for a while resting her left leg and standing with her full weight on her injured right one! She’s walking with barely a limp, now, too! This is great news, as it means that in another four or so weeks when she’s ready to migrate, she’ll be completely healed and will have full use of both feet to catch fish. She isn’t having any problems taking off, flying, landing or eating, and her walking is improving – so she is almost back to normal!






That’s my foot!

I was greeted by an empty nest this morning, which is good news as it means that T6 must be feeling better. She was flying around quite merrily today, going from perch to perch. She also spent a lot of time away from the nest yesterday afternoon. This bodes very well for a speedy recovery! The other two juveniles, T7 and T8, are beginning to spend more time away from Manton Bay altogether, and venture further afield. This is due to their growing sense of independence and confidence. It could mean that we stand a chance of seeing a Manton Bay juvenile on one of our osprey cruises!

The nest remained empty for most of the day, but there was a flurry of activity on it at four o’clock when 33 delivered a big roach. T7 and T8 were waiting there, calling loudly, and when 33 landed they both dived straight at his feet, trying to get to the fish first. T7 grabbed the fish, and T8 grabbed 33’s foot! Poor 33 – he soon flew off when T8 let him go!

33 being pulled

This happened last season on 6th August, when S2 made the same mistake and pulled 33 halfway across the nest by his foot!




Wild child

It’s been another beautiful day! All five Manton Bay ospreys have been active – even T6 left the nest and flew off for a while. She has been trying to walk around a bit more today, and although she is still clearly limping, her increased movement must mean it feels a bit better. Both Maya and 33 have caught fish today, Maya a roach and 33 a tench from right in front of Shallow Water hide! It is normal for females to begin to fish again when the chicks have fledged, this is the first time this season we have witnessed Maya fishing since March.

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All the juveniles have fed today, T8 happily tucked into a large fish while T6 looked on, then when he had finished she ate the rest. We wondered if she would continue to struggle feeding herself with a bad leg, as usually ospreys will stand on one leg and hold onto the fish with the other. For the past few days, T6 has depended on Maya feeding her. Today though, she managed to hold the fish down with the leg that she was standing on (her left), leaving her injured right leg untroubled.

Maya busied herself with a bit of housework this afternoon, as some sticks had found their way into the middle of the nest and it looked rather untidy. This just won’t do! The ospreys continue to be proud of their nest right up until they leave at the end of the season. It often becomes untidy just before and after fledging, when the juveniles are jumping all over the place and accidentally knocking sticks off.




July Education News

End of Term Report

June and July are always very busy months for everyone, and this year has been no exception! The Osprey chicks in all the nests have grown tremendously and all are now all flying! The number of visitors to the Lyndon Nature Reserve continues to rise, and our school visits schedule has been hectic to say the least. Our most recent visits have been to Cottesmore Millfield Academy, Catmose Community College and Spratton Hall School, where we met a total of over 200 young people and gave them the full ‘Osprey Experience.’ We were pleased to welcome two groups from our closest school at Edith Weston – these children are possibly the only ones in the whole of the UK who can WALK directly from their school down to the Reserve and watch the Ospreys at close quarters. They were all enthusiastic and very knowledgeable on the subject of Ospreys – real ‘Osprey Experts’.  Now it is the end of the school year and when schools go back in September our ospreys will be making their migration south to Africa! Here is our end of term report!


Osprey Festival – Science meets the Arts

What an amazing day!  Displays, Art, Writing and Science workshops, osprey games and activities .In the afternoon there was a presentation to the prize winners by Tim Appleton. We finished with a performance of the new Brooke Priory osprey song.

For more information and links to see the East Midlands Today News programme, a video of the festival and picture gallery of the prize winning entries click here!



Winners and Ambassadors Osprey Cruise

Festival winners and Osprey Ambassadors, accompanied by parents and teachers, took part in an Osprey Cruise on the Rutland Belle last week. It was a beautiful sunny summer evening and everyone had several sightings of ospreys, as well as a unique view of the Lyndon nature reserve from the boat. Commentary was provided by Tim Mackrill and Tim Appleton for this special trip.

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Another winner!

Georgia Johnson (Age 6) of Cottesmore Millfield Academy, produced this superb report about the Rutland Ospreys .It  is posted on the “Your Journalist Academy” website so take a look!



Osprey Ambassadors

The new ‘Osprey Ambassador’ scheme means that we have good representation in most of our local schools now, and the students give regular updates to their classes and assemblies. Many of them have also visited us with their families here at the Reserve. New schools are still coming on board – Leighfield Academy in Uppingham have recently appointed their ambassadors – so it is not too late to join the scheme.

Thank you for all you do – you make our job a lot easier!


He’s back! It’s Ozzie’s Return (The Sequel)

It’s five years ago now since the appearance of the first Ozzie book – Ozzie’s Migration, by Ken Davies and illustrated by the Osprey Project’s artist, field officer and photographer John Wright. Since 2011 over 2,500 copies of the book have been sold, with all profits going back to help the Project, and the book is in use in schools and Osprey centres all over the UK, Europe and West Africa. Well, the good news is that the same team has got together again to produce the second Ozzie book, Ozzie’s Return, which tells the story in words and stunning colour pictures of Ozzie’s hazardous journey back from Gambia to Rutland Water, his place of birth. The book will be on sale at our Visitor Centres and in other local outlets, and will again cost just £5. Do take a look – we are sure you will like it!

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Ozzie Leads the Way

And that’s not all!! Later in the summer, hopefully in time for Birdfair in August (19th – 21st), another new Osprey book will hit the bookstalls! This time it’s a longer story by Ken for older children and adults, and features some characters very familiar to everyone who follows the Rutland Ospreys……that’s all for now, but watch this space for more details coming soon!



Birdfair (August 19th – 21st)

As many know, ‘Birdfair’ in August is a huge event celebrating the natural world in all its forms (especially birds), and of course the Rutland Ospreys Education Team will be there on all three days. Do come and see us – you can find us on the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust stand in the central area. There will be a range of activities for you, new books to buy, and it would be great to meet friends old and new!

We’ll see you there.