Let her go

Yesterday, the Lyndon Visitor Centre closed its doors to the public for the final time in 2015. The Ospreys had already left, and there is now no denying that the end of the season is upon us. Whilst we all feel a bit teary at the end of the season, there is no cause to be sad, as life does not stop when the Ospreys leave, and we can always look back on what an amazing season it has been.

Thanks must go out to everyone who is involved in the Osprey Project, both staff and volunteers, for all their hard work, commitment and dedication throughout the season. If I started writing names, there would be an enormous list, so I won’t, but you know who you are – thank you.

It goes without saying that we could not function without our team of volunteers, who monitor the Ospreys from arrival to departure. Every year, at the end of the season, we have a get-together for all of the Osprey volunteers in order to thank them for their efforts. Last night, we hosted our volunteers’ party for 2015! It was a super evening, and a good time was had by all. There was a fish and chip supper, a light-hearted quiz, and last but not least, a little video that we put together of the Manton Bay highlights to music! Because this video was enjoyed so much, we thought we should share it here on the website, so it can be watched by all! We hope you enjoy it!

The Lyndon Centre may be closed, but work will not cease over the winter – there is much to do to keep the reserve running and prepare for next season. Keep an eye on the website, as we will keep updating it, albeit on a more infrequent basis, throughout the winter.ย Many thanks to all our visitors, and followers on the website.ย The Lyndon Centre will re-open its doors on Saturday 12th March 2016 – we’ll see you next year!


13 responses to “Let her go”

  1. Valerie Webber

    Great video thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ I laughed and I cried !!!! I had forgotten the fight time oh goodness me and the closeness of 33 and Maya – lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you especially Kayleigh for all the superb blogs and also Tim for the odd ones ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you all have a great winter and a little relaxing , see you all next year , love from me xxxx

  2. Alan Pryor

    Last week I was near St Cere in the Dordogne region at a lake called “Lac de Tolerme” what a suprise to see an Osprey obviously on route south. Was or could it be one of yours which we saw at Rutland in May?Alan

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      No reason why it couldn’t be one of ours, Alan. Any chance you saw a ring?

  3. BecOwl

    Brilliant video. Thanks for sharing. See you next year feathered ones.

  4. Winnie Lisowski

    Thank you all so much for all you’ve done the past 5 months giving us a taste of what life is like being an Osprey. Its been a wonderful experience from beginning to end and without you it would have been impossible for us to understand the behaviour and intimate details we have witnessed through the webcam. ‘Fly High & Safe’ in the wind our three little ones and see you two big ones in April.

  5. Jenny Aburrow

    Brilliant – thank you so very much !

  6. Wendy

    Aw, how lovely. Wonderful memories of a fantastic osprey family. Thank you all. Getting withdrawal symptoms already. Roll on 12th March!!

  7. Beryl Lee Mrs

    Hello Everyone involved with the wonderful ospreys. I am a (young) 75 yr old and with my husband, we have enjoyed all your information keeping us in touch so much with the ospreys. You have a marvellous “blog” compared to some other osprey centres, and keep all informed so very well. Congratulations to you all on such a great job. It is so sad now they have departed, and we both here in N.Yorkshire, will miss looking every day to see the webcam etc. We look forward to next springtime and the return of these wonderful ospreys.
    All the best to you all from now until then. – Beryl Lee.

  8. Pat Kelsall

    A lovely way to end a very successful season. Safe migration to all the family and hope to see them back next year and in future years. Well done Manton Bay team.

  9. Julia waterman

    Thankyou for another summer of Ospreys and lovely photos at Rutland,and to all the lovely people there !!

  10. Mike Simmonds

    Kayleigh that is a fantastic video. Will you be showing it at The Ball on Friday?.

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Thanks Mike. We did consider it…

  11. Celia Martin

    Brilliant video. Perhaps a longer one next year. Well done everyone. Enjoyed the season. Looking forward to next spring. More so as we have a breeding pair near to us.