Twenty years ago

Now that Lyndon has opened, and 30(05) is on her way home (look out for an update later) the 2016 season has officially begun! This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Osprey Project’s beginning, back when the population of Ospreys in England was zero, and the team first translocated young birds from Scotland in 1996. Click here to read more about the translocation.

Young Ospreys in release pensChicks ready for fledging

The population of Ospreys in Rutland, and indeed England (and Wales!) has come such a long way in the past twenty years, all thanks to the proactive efforts of the Rutland Osprey Project. What better way to mark these achievements and celebrate this momentous occasion than with a special Osprey Cruise on the Rutland Belle!

Rutland Belle

This once-in-lifetime event will take place on Friday 15th July – the exact date the first young Ospreys were brought to Rutland Water from Scotland in 1996! We will begin with drinks and an introduction in the lovely Normanton Church, then the Rutland Belle will set sail at 6:30pm for an hour and a half cruise, during which we hope to see several of Rutland’s Ospreys!

IMG_047411 on celebrity cruise (Phillip Ward (5)IMG_5378---5R

On return to the church, there will be a marvellous buffet on offer, made specially by Sarah Broadhead of the Rutland Belle.

We hope many of you will be interested in joining the Osprey Team for this made-to-measure celebration of a very special anniversary!

Tickets cost just £45pp, and can be purchased online – click here – or by calling 01572 737378.