Ospreys at the Birdfair

The Birdfair is only a day away; here’s a reminder of where to find us and the Osprey related events taking place.

Like last year, we’ve got a stand in the main showground where you’ll be able to chat to members of the team, watch highlights from the Manton Bay nest and browse our superb selection of second-hand books that will be on sale to raise money for our education work in West Africa. The stand is located in O/D 2 – between Marquees 2 and 6 – and conveninetly located en route to the Events Marquee. We’d love to see you, so please do stop by and have a chat.

Secondly, I’ll be giving two talks on the project in Lecture Marquee 1. The talks will bring you right up to date with all the latest news from the project, focussing specifically on our satellite-tracking studies and recent work in West Africa. The talks are on Saturday at 1pm and Sunday at 3pm and are completely free with your Birdfair ticket. So be sure not to miss them!

On Saturday morning there are still tickets available for our special early morning Osprey cruise with Mike Dilger. If recent cruises are anything to go by – when we’ve had spectacular views of several fishing Ospreys – the trip will definitely be worth the early start. Myself and the team will join Mike on board and we’ll visit the various spots aroud the reservoir where we’ve recently seen the birds catching fish. To book your tickets, click here.

Last, but by no means least, your Birdfair ticket (which you can now buy online here) gives you free access to the Lyndon reserve each day of the fair. So what better way to round off your day than by visiting Waderscrape and Shallow Water hides? The hides will be manned by project volunteers until 8pm each evening – and this is often the best time of day to see the whole Osprey family at the nest. To prove it, here’s a photo John Wright took from Shallow Water hide yesterday evening.

The Manton Bay family