Breeding at Rutland Water

The project reached a major milestone in 2001 when 03(97), a male osprey translocated to Rutland Water in 1997, raised a single chick with an unringed female at a nest on private land, close to the reservoir. Remarkably, since then 03 continued to breed every year up to 2014, and raised a total of 32 chicks with three different females during that time.


03(97) at his nest site


Sadly, 03 is no longer breeding at Rutland Water after he failed to return in 2016 at the grand age of 18. However, his legacy lives on as several of his offspring are now breeding in the area. A total of 117 young ospreys have fledged from nests in the Rutland Water area since the first chick in 2001. We now have a self-sustaining population; twelve Rutland-born ospreys are currently breeding, and Scottish females are helping to swell the population too. The table shows how the population has developed.

Year Number of breeding pairs Fledged young
2001 1 1
2002 1 0
2003 2 5
2004 1 2
2005 1 3
2006 1 3
2007 2 5
2008 2 3
2009 4 9
2010 5 12
2011 5 10
2012 4 9
2013 5 14
2014 6 11
2015 8 15
2016 8 15

Although most of the nest sites are situated on private land, it is possible to enjoy great views of a pair who nest on the nature reserve in Manton Bay, and are featured on our webcam. Both Waderscrape and Shallow Water hides are a short walk from the Lyndon Visitor Centre on the south shore of the reservoir. The nest is situated no more than 250 metres from the two hides, providing some of the best views of nesting Ospreys anywhere in the UK.

Between 2010 and 2013, the Manton Bay pair consisted of male osprey 5R(04), a Rutland-fledged male, and an unringed, presumed Scottish female, now called Maya. They raised eleven chicks together over four years. In 2014, however, 5R did not return, and Maya paired up with another Rutland-fledged male, 33(11). They did not raise chicks in 2014, but raised three in 2015, and three more in 2016!

The Manton Bay Ospreys 2015

The Manton Bay Ospreys 2015