All summer long

It has been another glorious day! Sunshine, birdsong, bees buzzing, the smell of cut grass, and a gentle breeze to ease the heat of the sun. However, the forecast is slightly foreboding for tomorrow – it’s going to rain! We should have known it couldn’t last! This is not to say that the warm weather will not return, though – it is only May…

This wonderful weather brings forth a promise of the summer to come. The summer is a busy season of bustling activity, in terms of ospreys and visitors to the Lyndon Visitor Centre! It brings with it lots of exciting osprey occurrences, such as the hatching of chicks (soon!), the rapid growth of said chicks, their eventual fledging and growing in confidence on the wing, all of which means brilliant viewing from the hides on the Lyndon Nature ReserveThere is a lot to look forward to in the coming months!

IMG_110033 with a trout, photo by John Wright

The summer also brings several events run by the osprey team! Soon we will begin our incredibly popular osprey cruises, run in partnership with the Rutland Belle. We’re running 18 of these cruises, beginning on Saturday 28th May and ending on Saturday 27th August. Four of the 18 are dawn cruises, which begin at 6am and end with a delicious cooked breakfast after an hour and a half cruise. The others are all afternoon cruises, beginning either at 15:45, 16:30 or 17:15, incorporating a talk with tea and biscuits, and an hour and half cruise.

All of the cruises were amazingly successful last season, in terms of osprey sightings, other wildlife sightings and ticket sales.

Click here to see all the cruise dates and book your tickets! They sell incredibly quickly!

Osprey catching a fish, photo by John Wright The Rutland Belle

Another fantastic event we run at Lyndon in the summer is our Osprey Family Fun Day! This day of osprey activities is not to be missed! Click here to read about last year’s fun day.

We have the same setup this time – children get to choose an osprey to be for the day, and get their own leg ring! They then have a migration to complete, getting stamps in their “osprey passport” for each activity they complete. Activities include catching fish, feeding chicks, making badges and masks, and playing the migration game!

At family fun day this year – Tuesday 2nd August –  we are lucky to have a special guest joining us for the day – Nature Knits! Nature Knits is run by Carole Brookes, a very talented lady who knits wildlife themed hats, scarves, bags and more, plus a selection of knitted animals, such as these brilliant ospreys below – you can even have them ringed!

Click here for more information about this summer’s Osprey Family Fun Day at Lyndon!