Donation: Group Raises £500 for Osprey Tracking

Cheque Pays for a Year’s Satellite Data for a Rutland Osprey

Photograph shows Chairman Geoff Williamson (right) and Treasurer Simon Dudhill (left) presenting the cheque to Osprey team leader Tim Mackrill.

The East Midlands Group has donated £500 to the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s Rutland Osprey Project. The money will go towards the costs of retrieving data from the GPS satellite transmitters used by the team at Rutland Water to track the ospreys, both in Rutland and on their 3000 mile migration to West Africa.

The group held a series of talks and events over the past 12 months to raise money for bird of prey projects in the area.

Project manager Tim Mackrill said, ‘The satellite tracking data provides us with a unique insight into the ospreys’ daily lives, but is extremely expensive. This money will allow us to track the daily movements of one of the tagged birds for a year. It will also allow thousands of people to follow the bird’s amazing journey to West Africa. We are extremely grateful to the Hawk and Owl Trust for their generous donation.’

Tim took the committee, and a group of supporters, to the Manton Bay hide to observe the ospreys, before their imminent departure to warmer climates. He then described how satellite tracking works and the kind of data they can obtain.

Group chairman Geoff Williamson commented that it was through the support of all those who had attended the group’s events that the money had been raised, and that this was an opportunity for those people to actually see their support in action by watching the progress of the ospreys for themselves on their own computers. He thanked everyone for the enthusiastic interest shown in what the group had organised so far.

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