A Musical Migration

Twice a year, Ospreys from Rutland Water and elsewhere in Europe, undertake an epic 3000 mile migration. Satellite tracking and ringing studies have shown that Ospreys from northern Europe winter on the west coast of Africa, from Mauritania south to the Ivory Coast and Ghana. In 2011 the Rutland Osprey Project fitted two Ospreys with GPS transmitters enabling the team and thousands of people around the world to follow their migration in detail for the first time.

At 7:30pm on Saturday 23rd March, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at Oakham school will play host to a special celebration of Osprey migration. Sponsored by Swarovski Optik, A Musical Migration follows a Rutland Osprey as it migrates north from its West African winter home, battling strong winds and sandstorms in the Sahara, crossing the vast Atlas Mountains and then crossing the Strait of Gibraltar into Europe. From there the bird’s journey takes it through the heart of Spain, north along the Atlantic coast of France and then across the English Channel towards home. A Musical Migration describes the bird’s epic flight in words, photographs and videos, accompanied by Global Harmony who will sing traditional songs from the various different countries the Osprey passes through.

Tickets for the concert cost £15 which includes a free glass of wine on arrival and are available from Music & More in Oakham or from the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton. Alternatively you can purchase tickets by phoning the Birdwatching Centre on 01572 770651 and asking for a member of the Osprey team but please note this will include a £1.50 handling fee. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Osprey Migration Foundation. The foundation was set up by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust in 2011 to link schools along the Osprey migration flyway and to provide wildlife education for schools in West Africa. This foundation demonstrates the unique ability of migratory birds to link people from different countries and cultures and the need to conserve birds across their migratory range.