A new hide to view the ospreys at Rutland Water was officially opened by Mark Dorsett, UK country director for Caterpillar on Friday last week.
The new hide, which provides panoramic views across Manton Bay to the osprey nest, has been funded by The Caterpillar Foundation as part of a three-year programme at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
Simon Bentley, director of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: “The new osprey hide is the latest example of the exciting work we have been able to carry out at Rutland Water thanks to our partnership with The Caterpillar Foundation.
“Over the past three years we have received significant funding, allowing us to greatly improve this wonderful nature reserve for both wildlife and people. ‘
The specially-designed osprey hide, which was built over the winter by a team of volunteers, has already proved a hit with visitors.
Mr Bentley added: “The hide has been buzzing with excitement since the ospreys returned to the nest on Easter Monday.
“The ospreys draw people to Rutland from all over the UK, and the hide has really enhanced the experience that we can offer visitors. It is the sort of place where you can sit for hours just enjoying the view!
“Live images from the osprey nest are relayed to the hide, and we have friendly volunteers on hand to meet and greet visitors.”
Mark Dorsett said: “We are justifiably proud of our partnership with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust at Rutland Water. Sustainability is integral to Caterpillar and one of the company’s core values, so to be involved in a project that has enhanced the reserve for wildlife, the local community and visitors from all over the UK, is really exciting.
“The new osprey hide is a shining example of the kind of work that has been achieved through The Caterpillar Foundation to improve the environment and quality of life in our local communities.’”
In addition to The Caterpillar Foundation, the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust has also received support from Western Power, the Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust, BED Electrical and The Horse and Jockey in Manton for the new osprey hide.
The hide, which has full disabled access, is open daily from 6am until 8pm and is a 15-minute walk from the Lyndon Visitor Centre. The ospreys are currently incubating three eggs, which should hatch at the end of May.
For more information log on to www.ospreys.org.uk.