Highlights: things to do
Battle Proms at Burghley House- 4th July 2015
Set in the stunning grounds of Burghley House, this colourful event combines the fun of summer picnics with the chance to listen to rousing music, watch mounted cavalry demonstrations and see spectacular fireworks. For further ticket information: http://www.battleproms.com
Birdfair: The British Birdwatching Fair 21st - 23rd August
Described as the birdwatchers' Glastonbury, Birdfair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you're into birds and wildlife. www.birdfair.org.uk
It seems to be happy days for the Ospreys... This spring the Rutland Osprey project team are tracking satellite-tracked Ospreys in their amazing journey from Europe and America to Rutland Water. Already Rutland Water Nature Reserve has reported 19 Ospreys are in the area, and in the public nest in Manton Bay, there's now 3 eggs on it. It's all incredibly exciting! Take a look online at the fascinating webcam to keep up with developments.www.ospreys.org.uk/webcam
Quick Osprey Facts - Source: The Rutland Osprey Project
- Rutland Water is home to the first Ospreys to breed in England for 150 years
- Female Ospreys begin to lay their eggs in late April.
- The majority of Rutland Ospreys Winter in West Africa, although Some are known to have spent their winters in Southern Iberia
- Some of the birds have been tracked using satellites, charting their remarkable 3,000-mile (4,500km) journey
- An adult osprey weighs about 3.3lbs (1.5kg) and has a wingspan of about 5.5ft (1.7m).
The Rutland Belle Opens for the summer season and will run every day from May 2015. A cruise aboard the Rutland Belle allows you to enjoy the sights of Rutland Water whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest. The Rutland Belle can carry up to 110 passengers, with 60 places in the under-cover saloons. Drinks are available on board. Contact Rutland Belle: Whitwell Harbour, Rutland Water, Whitwell, Rutland, LE15 8BL,Tel: +44 01572 787630, Fax: +44 01572 787630
Rutland Belle Osprey Cruises. One of the most exciting ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. The idea is simple; The Rutland Belle will sail to the parts of the reservoir where you stand the best chance of seeing fishing Ospreys and, with a bit of luck, are rewarded with spectacular views. You'll be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish very close to the boat and even on those rare occasions when Ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view.
Tickets: 3.45pm-6.45pm. £20 per adult, £12 for under 16s. In addition to your cruise ticket you are also entitled to a 20% discount on entrance to the Lyndon and Egleton nature reserves (normal price £5.65 per adult). You can do this on the day of the cruise, or the day after. Manton Bay is the location of the nest on our live webcam on www.ospreys.org.uk and is situated on the Lyndon nature reserve. http://www.rutlandwatercruises.com/ospreycruises
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Barnsdale Gardens Gardening Certificate Module 7: The Fruit Garden12/09/2015-13/09/2015
With something for everyone, including watersports, cycle paths, or relax with a leisurely stroll or romantic picnic.