Urdaibai – bikes and birds

Whilst the three enormous Manton Bay chicks relax in the sunny aftermath of last night’s storm, Education Officer Pete Murray has a story he would like to share with you about how bikes and birds can go together! Over to you, Pete…

March now seems so long ago, but once again the Rutland Ospreys began their northerly migration and World Osprey Week celebrated their return and  the start of the 2015 Osprey breeding season. About the same time an e-mail arrived in my inbox giving the details of this year’s “Tour des Cols”. This September, this tour for classic motorcycles three wheelers and cars will visit the western Pyrenees at about the same time that the Ospreys will begin their long migration south from Western Europe to Africa.

The Urdaibai Bird Centre is close to the migration route for the UK Ospreys. Located in the Basque region of North West Spain, it is in the middle of a 5 year Osprey re-introduction programme. For the last two years the centre has also hosted skype links between two of their local schools and Rutland schools at the  end of World Osprey Week.

We thought it would be great to visit our friends and get the chance see their Ospreys before they migrate south to Senegal and The Gambia. After an e-mail or two to Urdaibai, it was all fixed up, and Les and I will call in to see them all before riding on to the Pyrenees to begin the tour. We will let you have more news about our visit to Urdaibai later.

Les and Pete, bikes and Osprey!

Les and Pete, bikes and Osprey sculpture!



Pete Murray, Osprey Education Officer (1979 Moto Guzzi 500cc)  and Les Bowler ( 1955 BMW 250cc) outside the Lyndon Centre with the motorcycles they will use later this year to visit Urdaibai.

Want to know more about The Urdaibai Bird Centre? Take a look  at https://www.birdcenter.org