Concerns for missing osprey in Rutland

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WILDLIFE officers are concerned after a male osprey went missing last week.

Rutland Osprey Project officer Tim Mackrill has not seen the male osprey flying around Rutland Water since Wednesday last week.

This is the third male osprey to disappear from nests close to reservoir in the last two years.

Two male Ospreys disappeared in suspicious in April last year and the third male has gone missing from the same area in south west Rutland.

The missing bird was the first to return to the site from its African wintering grounds after being released in Rutland as part of the Rutland Osprey Project.

Mr Mackrill said, “We have not seen 08 since Wednesday. His mate is currently incubating a clutch of three eggs and so it is extremely rare for him to be away from the nest for more than a few hours.”

The project is a partnership between Anglian Water and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to re-establish a breeding population of the birds in England.