The Many Visits to Manton Bay

It’s been a busy few weeks around Rutland Water Nature Reserve; the Birdfair marquees are well and truly up, even though it only feels like they were coming down a few weeks ago. If you are visiting the Birdfair (17th – 19th August) don’t forget to pop into the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust (LRWT) stand, to see the Osprey Team and hear about the season so far. Better yet, you can join us on a wildlife cruise around Rutland Water with a celebrity guide and a member of the osprey team. Also keep a look out for the talks on over the weekend by the Osprey Team and one from former LRWT Senior Reserve Officer Tim Mackrill, who will be talking about the Poole Harbour Osprey Project on Sunday (19th August). There is so much going on for an osprey enthusiasts, it’s definitely worth a visit!   

The Manton Bay pair is also very busy, over the past week we have had more intruders than ever before. Yesterday we were visited by our lonely bachelor 51(11):

51(11) male osprey


And only a few days before that we were visited by 25(10):

25(10) Female osprey (right), 33(11) middle and Maya (left)


These are the only brave souls who have made it down to the nest, as 33(11), Maya and 3AU have all taken to mantling and chasing the intruders. The other osprey intruders unfortunately remain unidentified for the time being.

The intruders haven’t been confined to just osprey, on the last Dawn Cruise of the season, held on Saturday, the boat party were treated to amazing views of Maya and 33(11) chasing off a pair of herons. We have also had a few reports of peregrine falcon and osprey stand-offs down in the bay, so it really is an exciting time at the moment.


As for 3AU he doesn’t look much like he is willing to accept his independence anytime soon, currently he is spending most of his days in the shade of the poplar trees or food begging. However, I’m sure we will see some more osprey movements in the next couple of weeks and it won’t be long until they all start their migration. 

Don’t forget it’s Osprey Family Fun Day on Thursday (9th August), so why not come down to Lyndon Nature Reserve between 10am-2pm for a fun, educational and osprey filled day!