Looking back at the history of something makes you realise just how far things have progressed. The success of the Rutland Osprey Project is immense, and evident in that we now have a self-sustaining breeding population of Ospreys, and confirmation of them spreading out naturally throughout the country.
Rarely are things that are worthwhile easy, or results instantaneous. A lot of hard work and dedication went into making the Rutland Osprey Project a success. Results were gradual, but all that hard work has paid dividends and the fruits of the seeds sown all those years ago are now being enjoyed!
Fifteen years ago, the Osprey Project was in its third year of translocations. The translocation stage of the project began in 1996, when the first eight chicks were brought from Scotland to Rutland Water.
This week in 1999, the team were awaiting the arrival of more chicks. Up to then, twenty-eight chicks had been translocated. A further twelve young Ospreys were brought to Rutland in 1999. That year also saw the first milestone of the Osprey Project, when the first translocated Ospreys returned! They were both two-year-old males who were translocated in 1997 – on 29th May 1999 08(97) returned, and on 25th June 1999 03(97) was seen!
Thanks to Barrie Galpin, who has been involved with the project since 1996 and who created the initial website, we have access to the archive website from all those years ago! In a new series of updates, I will be using material from this website to bring you historical news of what was happening at the Rutland Osprey Project fifteen years ago!
Here is the start of the 1999 translocation diary, from this week in 1999: