Making history

Looking back at the history of something makes you realise just how far things have progressed. The success of the Rutland Osprey Project is immense, and evident in that we now have a self-sustaining breeding population of Ospreys, and confirmation of them spreading out naturally throughout the country.

Rarely are things that are worthwhile easy, or results instantaneous. A lot of hard work and dedication went into making the Rutland Osprey Project a success. Results were gradual, but all that hard work has paid dividends and the fruits of the seeds sown all those years ago are now being enjoyed!

Fifteen years ago, the Osprey Project was in its third year of translocations. The translocation stage of the project began in 1996, when the first eight chicks were brought from Scotland to Rutland Water.

This week in 1999, the team were awaiting the arrival of more chicks. Up to then, twenty-eight chicks had been translocated. A further twelve young Ospreys were brought to Rutland in 1999. That year also saw the first milestone of the Osprey Project, when the first translocated Ospreys returned! They were both two-year-old males who were translocated in 1997 – on 29th May 1999 08(97) returned, and on 25th June 1999 03(97) was seen!

Thanks to Barrie Galpin, who has been involved with the project since 1996 and who created the initial website, we have access to the archive website from all those years ago! In a new series of updates, I will be using material from this website to bring you historical news of what was happening at the Rutland Osprey Project fifteen years ago!

Here is the start of the 1999 translocation diary, from this week in 1999:

Old website 3-9 July 1999

4 responses to “Making history”

  1. Tiger Mozone

    If memory serves me right the Rutland website was launched on 1st July 1999. I found a reference to it in a bird magazine which I was scanning in a well known newsagents.

    I noted the address and looked it up when I came home on the old 56K dialup.

    Life was forever different in the most marvellous way.

    Barrie Galpin did the most phenomenal job in the seven odd years he edited the website. A website I frequently refer to almost daily.

    Thanks ever so much to Barrie for his creation and everyone who have worked so tirelessly to bring the osprey back to southern England.

  2. Heather Corfield

    The Rutland Osprey Project has had a major influence in reshaping the map of breeding ospreys in the UK. Ospreys have enriched the lives of many people, volunteers and visitors alike in Wales and I am sure that everyone involved with the Glaslyn and Dyfi Ospreys is like myself, highly appreciative of the tireless work that has been done at Rutland over the years.

    I would also like to thank Barrie Galpin on the superb work he did as editor of the website. There is a wealth of Osprey information in there and I frequently refer to it.

  3. Mike Simmonds

    Like Tiger I frequently refer this ‘old’ site which holds many personal memories for me of happy days helping with the project.

    For those who are seeing this for the first time Tim Mackrill is in the top left photo, Trish Galpin AKA “The Rota Queen” (she rostered the volunteers) is in the top right and in the foreground bottom left is Tim Appleton. Helen Dixon (now McIntyre) is holding the pole in the lower right.

    Happy Days.

  4. Patricia Selman

    As a relative newbie as an osprey follower I have nothing but admiration for the Rutland Project and all who are and have been involved with it I find reading about those early days so exciting and how much more so must it have been to be involved. It can be considered nothing less than a phenomenal success in bringing ospreys back to this part of the world but also further afield. Look forward to seeing more “historic evidence” and here’s to the next 15 years Wonder what wonderful things will be reported then?