Fairground attraction

What a busy Birdfair we have had! The Osprey Project is very popular and our stand at Birdfair always attracts a lot of visitors. We had a huge number of people visit our stand over the three days to hear about the ospreys and how well this season has gone. We had a highlights video showing all the osprey action from the season, a quiz for kids, badges and keyrings to make, osprey information and activity books on sale, and the opportunity to write a special message to “Ozzie” to wish him well on migration! There was a lot to do and learn, and of course everyone was interested in where they could actually see the ospreys, so directions to the Lyndon Centre were given out every few minutes!

The Osprey Stand (at the end of the LRWT tent) always attracts a lot of visitors

The Osprey Stand (at the end of the LRWT tent) always attracts a lot of visitors

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Badge making and quiz section

Badge making and quiz section

A lifesize wooden "Ozzie" hung from the ceiling!

A lifesize wooden “Ozzie” hung from the ceiling!

 

We still have three ospreys in Manton Bay, the two adults and 2AM, who have been delighting visitors to the reserve. There are also several other ospreys who remain around the area, as we found out on all five celebrity cruises! The osprey team attended the Birdfair cruises on the Rutland Belle throughout the weekend. Each one was a roaring success in terms of osprey sightings – there was barely a moment when an osprey was not in view, often more than one at a time, plus several ospreys dived and caught fish!

With thanks to Simon King and Nick Baker for being our celebrities on these cruises, and to all the volunteers who came along to help. A good time was had by all.

View from the boat on Friday evening's cruise

View from the boat on Friday evening’s cruise

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Simon King and rainbow

Simon King and rainbow

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From the left - Matthew, Simon, Katie, Kayleigh and captain Paul

From the left – Matthew, Simon, Katie, Kayleigh and captain Paul

 

We would like to thank everyone who came to visit the Osprey Project stand at Birdfair, attended the osprey cruises and visited the Lyndon Centre. Not forgetting all those who donated binoculars to our Uganda collection!

Our volunteers are wonderful, and we had help all through the Birdfair both at the fair and at Lyndon, and I would like to thank all of you for your hard work and efforts, making the weekend even more fun!

Speaking of fun, here’s a photo of Bill Oddie when, with not much persuasion, he good naturedly agreed to pose for a picture in the Discover Rutland stocks!

Bill Oddie in the stocks, ably assisted by volunteer Libby

Bill Oddie in the stocks, ably assisted by volunteer Libby