Ospreys are present at Rutland Water from March to September each year! Read more about their decline, reintroduction and breeding success here.
The population of ospreys in Rutland has risen steadily since the birds were reintroduced to the area in the 1990s. Historically, ospreys were widespread throughout the UK, but were driven to extinction by man. In 1954 ospreys naturally returned to Scotland and began breeding, but due to their instinct to return to the place they are born, they were not spreading south into England. The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and Anglian Water worked together to instigate a reintroduction project to bring the osprey back to England. You can read more about the history and reintroduction by clicking here.
The reintroduction project was an undoubted success, and, since the first breeding took place in 2001, 117 young ospreys have fledged from nests in the Rutland area, of which there are now eight. More about breeding at Rutland can be found by clicking here.
Of the eight nests currently in use by osprey pairs, only one is actually on the Rutland Water Nature Reserve and is viewable by the public. This nest can be seen from Waderscrape and Shallow Water hides on the Lyndon Nature Reserve, and also on live CCTV in the Lyndon Visitor Centre. Click here for information about the Lyndon Centre and Reserve. More about the Manton Bay nest and ospreys can be found by clicking here.