What have Ospreys ever done for us?

On Friday the 20th June 2014, we are hosting our inaugural mid-summer Osprey lecture at the Anglian Birdwatching Centre.

Dr Rob Lambert from the University of Nottingham will be giving an hour-long lecture examining ‘What have Ospreys ever done for us?’. This will include a detailed look at the history of our interaction with the species, from persecution to eco-tourism icon, as well as reflecting on the ways in which Ospreys have benefited local economies right across Britain. Rob will then go on to put the Osprey in to the context of further conservation initiatives, addressing our future relationship with this bird.

Jack Perks, a local filmmaker and photographer, will also be coming along to give a brief introduction to his latest project, attempting to film every freshwater fish in Britain! A bit of Osprey food to whet your appetite!

33 eventually gave up on this fish

33 eventually gave up on this fish


But that’s not all…

To really make the evening special, several businesses are kindly sponsoring the event so that we are able to offer a full Ploughman’s Supper. This will include:

Long Clawson Stilton Cheese & Brockleby’s Pork Pies
Plus all the usual accompaniments

An aperitif on arrival, courtesy of Sloeberry Spirits
A glass of wine with your meal, courtesy of Abbey Vineyard Wines

And for the designated drivers, we have delicious Belvoir Cordials

Tickets are £12 (£10 for LRWT members) and include both the Ploughman’s Supper, the talk and a glass of wine.

Doors will open at 18:30

To book, visit the Rutland Water website or contact Sarah Proud: sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.uk or 01572 653024

A bit about the speaker:

“One of just a few experts in environmental history so able to offer the bigger wider pictures of ‘change over time’ in all Nature-People relationships (stories), past, present and future. I give real context to TV natural history series and documentaries, and whilst a university academic by training, I am a passionate advocate of full and real engagement with wider public mass audiences. I have broad experience in radio and television both in front of the camera and working as a consultant/advisor; a confident, charismatic, knowledgeable communicator offering insights on Nature derived from a range of disciplines both uniquely (and of huge public importance and value), the non-scientific.”

Dr Rob Lambert is a multi-disciplinary academic at the University of Nottingham, working in environmental history and tourism & the environment. He holds a MA (Hons) in Modern History and a PhD in Environmental History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is a programme consultant and talking head expert to the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol working on a number of major TV and radio wildlife documentaries including series Birds Britannia; Making Scotland’s Landscape; When Britain Went Wild; Why the British Love Wildlife; Cairngorms: A Year in the Wild; In Pursuit of the Ridiculous; Attenborough’s Life Stories; The Great British Wildlife Revival; Grand Tours of Scotland – The Charms of Nature; Torrey Canyon: toxic tide and others. On three occasions Rob has voyaged south to the ice on expedition ships to serve as an IAATO International ‘Observer’ of sustainable tourism in Antarctica, and was part of the Lecture staff on round-Britain expedition cruise in 2009 and 2012. He is a very keen British and global birdwatcher and cetacean-watcher, with around 30 years of field experience, and is passionate about showing people wildlife. Rob lives in Long Clawson in Leicestershire, regularly watching birds at Rutland Water and Eyebrook Reservoir, and has attended the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water for many years, the past few years as part of the Events Marquee team.