Ospreys breeding in Rutland

Ospreys first bred in Rutland in 2001 when one healthy chick was raised. The male bird, 03(97), had built a nest in the top of a dying oak tree, away from the reservoir on private land, known as Site B. Since then the same male has returned and bred there every year.

In 2003 there was a second successful nest nearby but that nest was not occupied subsequently.

in 2004, two translocated Ospreys were discovered breeding in Wales.

Each year there have also been several non-breeding males who have established territories and built nests.

Rutland breeding summary:

Year
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
2007
Nests
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
Chicks
1
0
5
2
3
3
5


Three juvenile Ospreys, 2005. Photo: John Wright

 

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2001: The first Osprey nest in central England.
03(97) and an unringed female.

2002: A failed breeding attempt.
The same pair but no young this year.

2003: A new female at the old nest.
Female 05(00) takes over, very successfully.

2003: A second breeding nest.
03(98) and 06(01) produce two young.

2004: In Rutland one nest again this year.

2004: Two ex-Rutland males breed in Wales.

2005: Breeding again in Rutland.

2006: Another three chicks for 03(97) and 05(00).

2007: The story so far at site B

2007: The story so far in Manton Bay

The life history of 08(97), 1997-2006.

©2007 Rutland Osprey Project.
Photographs and images by members of the Project Team unless otherwise stated.
The project is a partnership between Anglian Water and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust,
with funding from Augean Plc through the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.
The project is based at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.