Let’s celebrate!

We are nearing the end of the season, and what a fantastic season it has been! Eight nests and fifteen chicks demonstrates how successful the Rutland Osprey Project has become. The fact that the 100th chick has made its maiden flight, and that we now have four generations of Rutland Ospreys in the area, proves that a self-sustaining population of Ospreys is now established, which was the hope and expectation from the start of the project in the mid-90s.

Having reached such a significant milestone, this year’s Osprey Fundraising Dinner and Dance at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel is the opportunity for us to celebrate this wonderful success. Roy Dennis was instrumental in getting the Rutland Osprey Project off the ground in the 1990s, and his vision has enabled these wonderful birds to become established in central England, and also in Wales. We are therefore delighted that Roy will be coming to the dinner to give a talk about the legacy of the Rutland Osprey Project, and the impact it has had on Osprey conservation around Europe.

This event will be an extremely relaxed affair, with a smart / smart casual dress code. It will take place on Friday 18th September 2015, and tickets cost £55. This includes a three course meal, a glass of prosecco on arrival and wine or a soft drink with the meal. In addition to Roy’s talk, there will also be jazz/soul music on the evening from local band, Jonny’s at One. There will also be a raffle with lots of fabulous prizes, including a meal for two at the Olive Branch, a signed copy of David Attenborough’s “Life on Earth”, a wood carving of a turtle dove, a voucher for a session in the photography hide at the River Gwash Trout Farm, and much more!

All proceeds from the evening go directly to the Osprey Project, so if you are able to come, you will not only be able to enjoy a very special evening, but also be supporting the project at the same time. More details about the evening can be found by clicking here.

The event is being sponsored by local company IEPUK who have shown a great deal of support to the project over the years, for which we are very grateful.

If you would like to come, please call the Lyndon Centre on 01572 737378 or e-mail kbrookes@rutlandwater.org.uk.

Here is a menu to whet your appetite!

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