Osprey photographic hide now open!

Fishing Ospreys can be seen on a daily basis at Rutland Water, but the birds are often too distant for high-quality photos of them diving for fish. However, a new photography hide at Horn Mill trout farm now provides an opportunity to enjoy incredible views of hunting Ospreys.

In recent years Horn Mill, situated just north of Empingham and a few miles from Rutland Water, has become a favoured fishing site for many of the Ospreys in Rutland. Birds visit most days and the specially-designed hide gives you the opportunity to view them at very close quarters for the first time.

John Wright took this photo of 06(09) from the  hide at Horn Mill

John Wright took this photo of 06(09) from the hide at Horn Mill. He hit the water just 5 metres from the hide!

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The hide is sunken into the ground beside a 36m x 17m pond that is regularly visited by fishing Ospreys. Although sightings can not be guaranteed, the hide provides the only opportunity for such close views anywhere in England.

The hide is sunken into the ground, providing superb views for up to 4 people

The hide is sunken into the ground, providing superb views for up to 4 people

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The view from the hide

The view from the hide

The hide, which can seat a maximum of four people, is open for private bookings at the following times:

Afternoon Session – 12:30-16:30
Evening Sesssion – 17:30-dusk

Places in the hide cost £75 per person per session. Alternatively you can reserve the whole hide for a single session for £240. Those booking an afternoon session will be joined by a member of the Rutland Osprey Project team.

To book your place please email rivergwashtroutfarm.ospreys@yahoo.com with your preferred date and time.

In addition to Horn Mill, work is due to commence on a second hide at owner Lawrence Ball’s second site at Ryhall in early July. Watch this space for more news on that!