Electricity workers build new osprey tower in Burghley Park

The Western Power Distribution nest team, from left, are Tom Rickett, Kev Higgins, Tom Dytham and John Morris EMN-160107-110713001
The Western Power Distribution nest team, from left, are Tom Rickett, Kev Higgins, Tom Dytham and John Morris EMN-160107-110713001
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Electricity workers in Stamford have flown to the rescue of some local wildlife by helping to install an artificial nest.

Western Power Distribution was approached by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust for help to establish the nest to attract young ospreys later this summer.

Research carried out by the trust has found the birds prefer to take over existing nests rather than build their own from scratch and so far, there has been a high success rate with the ones they have built. And Western Power Distribution staff were more than happy to help erect a pole for the popular birds to nest on, which is in the grounds of Burghley Park.

Tim Mackrill is senior reserve officer at Rutland Water - the home of Rutland ospreys. He thanked the company for helping with the project, which he said has become necessary due to the increasing number of ospreys in the area.

He said: “This follows a project to restore a population of these magnificent birds of prey to central England for the first time in over 150 years.”

Western Power Distribution engineering specialist, Tim Prior, who arranged for the pole to be installed, added: “We’ve supported the trust for a number of years and were only too pleased to assist them with this latest initiative.”

Western Power Distribution is the distribution network operator for the Midlands, South West England and South Wales, responsible for delivering electricity to 7.8 million customers in the UK.