Cruising with celebrities

The 25th Birdfair is in full swing and I’m pleased to say that, just like our brilliant volunteers, the Ospreys have been busy making sure visitors have a great time. As I write this we’ve had four Wildlife Cruises since Thursday evening and the birds have been putting on a really good show. We’re yet to see a catch but the views have been incredible! Last night we were joined on the Rutland Belle by Roy Dennis as we watched two Ospreys over Rutland Water and, this morning, Simon King was treated to three Ospreys… at the same time! I never thought we’d have a situation where we didn’t know where to look. Long may it continue! As you can see below, we now have a new addition to the Osprey project team!

Michelle and Paul with Simon King

Michelle and Paul with Simon King

Roy Dennis aboard the Rutland Belle

Roy Dennis aboard the Rutland Belle

Birdfair is always a fantastic opportunity for old friends and colleagues to meet up and it was great to see Roy Dennis, Helen McIntyre and Tim Mackrill signing copies of The Rutland Water Ospreys.

Roy Dennis, Helen McIntyre and Tim Mackrill

Roy Dennis, Helen McIntyre and Tim Mackrill

There’s even a new addition to the Catering Marquee!

Osprey Ale, produced by The Grainstore Brewery, Oakham

Osprey Ale, produced by The Grainstore Brewery, Oakham

Anyone who visits the Rutland Osprey stand, next to the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust in OD2 (beside Marquee 6), will have the opportunity to look at an exciting new graphic project all about Ospreys.

InForm studio's Osprey Project infographics

InForm studio’s Osprey Project infographics

These fantastic infographics were created by InForm studio, aka Sam Mackrill and Nathan Philpott. Here’s a brief description about this superb project:

On showcase is the first part of a graphic project focussing on the migration of the Rutland Ospreys.

The project aims to present the data captured from the satellite tracking of their extraordinary journey in an exciting, informative and fresh graphic way.

We hope to promote the work being done here at Rutland Water as well as educate and inspire people to learn more about the wildlife around them.

The project will culminate in a small book, screen printed posters and an online presence, all with the intention of informing and educating people around the world about the incredible journey.

Prints of the current work are available for order, and we will be taking email addresses to update you on news of the project.

Any feedback will be gratefully received.

InForm Studio

If you would like to know more about this exciting project please contact Tim by email – TimMackrill@rutlandwater.org.uk.