Spring is on its way, and hopefully so is the sun! Ospreys will soon be responding to the inevitable instinctive pull that draws them north again at this time of year. Our satellite-tagged bird, 30(05), is still resolutely sitting on her beach in Senegal – she normally leaves in the second week of March, so it won’t be long, and we will continue to check her data on a daily basis. In addition to all of our breeding birds, we also hope that several two-year-olds who fledged in 2014 will return this season!
Along with the spring and the return of the ospreys comes great excitement, not least from members of the team! We are spending most of our time now getting the Lyndon Centre ready for visitors – it is already looking clean and tidy, the entrance is neat and inviting, the maps are all updated and the shop will soon be fully stocked with our fabulous range of books, cards, toys, t-shirts, ice-creams and lots of osprey merchandise!
The live cameras on the Manton Bay nest will be online again on the 12th March (the day we open), and we expect to see ospreys returning any time from then onwards. The earliest we have seen an osprey back in Manton Bay is 17th March, however, spring appears to be early this year (signs are already apparent) and thus the ospreys might be too!
We have been busy over the winter months planning a full set of events for the 2016 season! There are several walks taking place, such as the dawn chorus, butterfly ID, photography and osprey viewing. Family Fun Day will be on 2nd August this year, and of course we have 18 osprey cruises running this season. Events are already filling up, so it is best to book early to avoid disappointment.
As you will know, our work extends to protect the ospreys and enhance awareness and knowledge of them on their wintering grounds as well as their breeding grounds. All money to fund our project in Africa comes from doing fundraising activities and challenges. Staff members Kayleigh and Tim are taking part in some crazy feats this year in order to raise vital funds for the project.