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It’s Birdfair tomorrow! Today, the Osprey Team have been busy setting up our stand for the weekend’s festivities! We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Osprey Project stand, to share with you the wonder of Ospreys, the inspiring and influential work we do to promote and protect them both in the UK and Africa, this year’s highlights and next year’s hopes. Find us in OD2!

The Osprey stand at Birdfair, photo by Tim Mackrill

The Osprey stand at Birdfair, photo by Tim Mackrill

 

The place to be on Saturday 22nd August at 2:30pm is Lecture Marquee 2, where the wonderful Tim Mackrill will be giving a talk about the Osprey Project and its work both in the UK, along the Ospreys’ migration flyway and on their wintering grounds in West Africa. “Rutland’s Ospreys Go Global” – don’t miss it!

Also, on Sunday 23rd August at 3:30pm, there will be a special book launch in the Author’s Marquee, promoting a brilliant, brand new Osprey book for children, written by Jackie and Pete Murray – “Be an Osprey Expert.” A special guest will be attending this book launch – another unmissable event!

See this map for locations:

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The fun begins tonight, with the first Celebrity Osprey Cruise on the Rutland Belle! There are several celebrity cruises taking place over the weekend, and, as all of our Osprey Cruises have been this season, we are sure they will be very successful and enjoyable events! Click here for more information and to book tickets!

Join us for our first Osprey cruise of 2014!

There are five celebrity cruises on the Rutland Belle over Birdfair weekend

 

If you have any football kit that you no longer want, please bring it with you to the Birdfair to donate to our kits4causes collection. All unwanted kit will be sent out to schools in The Gambia and Senegal, where our Ospreys overwinter! You can drop your kit off at the Osprey Project stand.

Children at Tanji Lower Basic School

Children at Tanji Lower Basic School in donated football shirts

 

I’m pleased to say the Manton Bay Ospreys are all still with us. Yesterday evening, on the live camera, we were treated to a brilliant view of Maya bringing a huge trout to the nest! S2 and S3 were on the nest, waiting for the fish to arrive. S2 was the one who got hold of it first – it was still alive, and kicked a bit as he grabbed it. S3 attempted to steal it from him, but was given short shrift!

Maya flying in with the trout

Maya flying in with the trout

Maya lands

Maya lands

S2 grabs it

S2 grabs it

Claimed

Claimed

 

Don’t forget that the Lyndon Visitor Centre will be staying open later than usual over the coming weekend – until 7pm. The car park will still be locked at precisely 8:15pm, so make sure you don’t get locked in!

We look forward to seeing you over the weekend!