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Rutland Water ospreys all set to star on BBC's The One Show




The Rutland Water ospreys are to appear on primetime television tonight (Wednesday) when they star on BBC's The One Show.

A film crew spent a day at the reservoir late last month for a feature on the Rutland Water Osprey Project which is marking its 25th anniversary.

The feature lasts between three-and-a-half and four minutes and will be broadcast on tonight's show which begins at 7pm on BBC One.

LRWT osprey education officer Ken Davies talks to presenters Ollie Olanipekun and Nadeem Perera (right). Photo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
LRWT osprey education officer Ken Davies talks to presenters Ollie Olanipekun and Nadeem Perera (right). Photo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

It was presented by wildlife enthusiasts Ollie Olanipekin and Nadeem Perera, founders of London-based birdwatching group Flock Together.

They interviewed Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust's osprey information officer Abi Mustard and osprey education officer, Ken Davies.

"It was a really brilliant day," said Abi.

"The crew were so enthusiastic about the ospreys and the work we do and it was just lovely to have them down."

LRWT's osprey information officer Abi Mustard is interviewed for the piece. Photo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
LRWT's osprey information officer Abi Mustard is interviewed for the piece. Photo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

As well as shooting footage from bird hides at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, the crew also boarded the Rutland Belle for an Osprey Cruise which are being run during the summer.

The ospreys have become Rutland Water's headline attraction in recent years, and have been filmed by ITV News and BBC East Midlands among others, but Abi said this would be their biggest TV exposure.

A total of 26 adult ospreys made the spring migration back to Rutland Water this year.

A film crew spent a day at Rutland Water filming a four-minute feature about the ospreys. Photo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
A film crew spent a day at Rutland Water filming a four-minute feature about the ospreys. Photo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

"It was based on the success of the project at re-introducing a species that was extinct here, and also because it is our 25th anniversary," she added.



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