It is not every day that you get invited to the House of Lords, but that’s exactly where myself and the rest of the team found ourselves last night.
We were there for the launch of Fly Lady, Fly a song written by Scottish singer and broadcaster Fiona Kennedy and Nils Elders. The song was inspired by the Loch of the Lowes record-breaking Osprey, Lady. Now 27 years-old, she’s thought to be the oldest breeding Ospreys in the UK. The song – a great mix of pop and tribal Celtic chants – is performed by hugely-talented 13 year-old Ruairidh McDonald and celebrates Lady’s annual migration from Perthshire to West Africa and back again. It is remarkable to think that in her lifetime Lady has now migrated more than 150,000 miles – the equivalent of six times round the world!
Although the song was inspired by Fiona’s visit to Loch of the Lowes, she was keen that the launch event should be a celebration of the UK Osprey story; and so the team and I were there to talk about our work at Rutland Water. I was delighted to be asked by Fiona to say a few words to the 80 or so invited guests about how we’ve restored a population of Ospreys to southern Britain for the first time in 150 years. I also spoke about how the birds’ amazing migratory journeys really capture peoples’ imagination and the importance of making strong links with other countries along their migration flyway. Central to this is the Osprey Flyways Project and, specifically, our education work in West Africa. To read more about it, click here.
Thanks to Fiona’s generosity a donation from sales of the single will be made to the Rutland Osprey Project as well as to the Scottish Wildlife Trust. You can download the song from iTunes and here’s a sneak preview. It’s a great song and if you buy it, you know that you will be helping to safeguard the future of these incredible birds!