The season has started!

It’s most definitely springtime, today! The Rutland Osprey Team is back for another season, the sun is shining over Lyndon, and the feeders are positively heaving with Finches, Buntings, Tits and Tree Sparrows.

And that can mean only one thing: the Ospreys will be back at Manton Bay, Rutland soon!

The opening date of the Lyndon Centre is Monday 17th March 2014. From here, you’ll be able to see the birds (when they get back!) for yourself from one of our hides, as well as chat to our lovely staff, and maybe treat yourself to an ice cream (or two!).

To celebrate the return of the birds this year, we’re running a bit of a competition. We want you to guess:

What day will the first Osprey arrive back at the Manton Bay nest?

We want your guesses on the arrival date, to the nearest hour (e.g. 8th March, 13:00). You can either comment on the bottom of this blog post, or let us know via Facebook.

The winner will receive 2 x Osprey Cruise tickets on the Rutland Belle, and a signed (!) copy of Tim Mackrill’s The Rutland Water Ospreys.

Only one entry per person! The closing date is Midnight on the 16th March, provided the Ospreys haven’t already returned!

Good luck!

Manton Bay nest in 2013

Manton Bay nest in 2013

When you come and see us this year, you’ll be greeted by some old, as well as new, faces. Here’s a bit about the team:

Kayleigh – “This is my first season at Rutland Water. I spent last season at RSPB Loch Garten in Scotland, and enjoyed being a part of the wonderful world of Ospreys! In my role as Osprey Project Information Officer, I am very much looking forward to meeting you during the 2014 season here at Rutland.”

Lucy – “This year, as Outreach Officer for the project, I’ll be running a lot of the children’s educational activities at the Lyndon Reserve, as well as some fun events for families and birders alike. We’re going to be heading into schools, working with volunteers and making sure that the next generation of naturalists get the most out of their time with the Osprey Project.”

Paul – “Back for my 9th season with the Rutland Ospreys. This year I shall be taking overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the project at Lyndon. I am looking forward to seeing many of the old faces, along with many new ones, and you can be assured you will get to know all the news about our 2014 West Africa trip.”

We’ll be adding more information about the Osprey Project team, too, and you’ll be able to read their personal updates from the Osprey Project on the blog.


Kayleigh, Paul & Lucy


70 responses to “The season has started!”

  1. Stephen Hackett

    Ospreys will return on March 20th at 10.15am

  2. Sherran Gaughan

    The first arrival will be March 21st at 8.35 am

  3. Sarah Box

    Maybe the Ospreys will return at the same time as me!
    I’m going for 9.00am on Saturday 22nd March….the start of my first duty at Lyndon for the year.

  4. Wendy Bartter

    March 16th at 12 noon!

  5. Janet Maughan

    March 17th at 10:45 AM for my guess.

  6. Dene Carter

    The first arrival will be March 20 1145

  7. Derek Laborne

    First arrival 15th March 3.30pm

  8. John Willmott

    I hope you enjoy a first arrival on 19th March at 1300hrs.
    Good luck for a successful season.

  9. Janet Wilson

    March 17 11:31am

  10. Ann Colley

    18 March 11am

  11. Mary G. Kerr

    My guess is 18th March @ 15.02 hrs.

    All the Best for a successful season.

  12. seb braggins

    First arrival will be March 14th 0700

  13. Alan Aplin

    Arrival 23rd March 9 am.

  14. Val Gall

    Osprey ETA = 19th March at 14.22hrs

  15. Clare Carter

    I’m going to guess Friday 14th March at about 1.30 pm for your first arrival.

  16. terry tew [tewbirds ]

    March 19 At 10.30am

  17. paul ryder

    the first osprey will arrive at rutland on 23/3 2014 at08.33 am

  18. Sally Whale

    First arrival, 23 March, 1.05pm.

  19. Karen Mirtle

    I think the first arrival will be on Monday, 17th March at 17:17

    Best wishes for a very successful season

  20. Shirley A. Davies

    First Return – March 22nd at 3.45pm


    First return March 20th at 1415

  22. Colin Fenwick

    The first osprey will arrive at rutland on 17th March 11am

  23. Ada Cawthorne

    21st March 12.15

  24. RIchard Ball

    I think the first Osprey will arrive at 3-10pm 13th March 2014

  25. Ted Chantler-Hicks

    i think the first return will be the 17th of march at 4pm

  26. Lisa Taylor

    I’ll guess March 21st at 15:15 🙂

  27. Kev Marriott

    First arrival 22nd March 2.00pm

  28. Neil Ward

    March 23 @ 14:30

  29. William Mirtle

    March 15th @ 2.15pm

  30. Karen Elizabeth

    23rd March at 16:24

  31. David Wilkes

    We think maybe 24th March 11.30am

  32. Owen scrimshaw

    First return 10th march at 08:30am

  33. Rebecca chalk

    I think 19th March at 1.45pm

  34. Sam Rodwell

    17th March 1.30pm

  35. Ben Lulham

    13th March 15.00

  36. Paul Bray

    I’m guessing March 13 at 13.13 🙂

  37. Brian Egan

    26 Mar 11am

  38. Sharon Mansfield

    March 13th 11.35 am.

  39. Rob Farmer

    22 March, 11.40

    Good luck to them!

  40. Tina Irvin

    March 19th 10.19 am

  41. Neil

    Osprey will be first seen on 28 March ’14
    @ 07:43

  42. Mike Grundy

    March 23rd 4.20pm

  43. Jane Alesbrook

    I think the first osprey will return 26th March 04.32

  44. Adam Bimpson

    March 15th at 1020. Good luck to everyone.

  45. Adam Bimpson

    March 16th at 1021

  46. Amy and Meg Carey

    Ospreys will return on the 19th March at 3pm

  47. Linda Harrison

    Osprey in manton march 24th at 11.32

  48. Matthew Colley

    15th March 16.00 hours

  49. Jeanette Wright

    The first Osprey will arrive on 17.3.14 @ 11.16 am

  50. Jeremy Wright

    The first Osprey will arrive on 18.3.14 @ 13.47