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Ospreys of Rutland Water

Duration:
23 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 08 August 2009

Our growing population in the UK is creating more demand for water and so several new reservoirs are planned and others extended. Helen Mark explores Rutland Water to investigate the controversy it caused in the 1970s when plans to flood two villages and vast swathes of farmland were announced. Now it is home to thousands of wildlife species, including the rare osprey.

Helen finds out about the success of the reintroduction project there and gets within touching distance of three new chicks as they are ringed. But once again farmland has been sacrificed for the lagoons. She explores how well new species are taking to the man-made pools and investigates who wins in the battle for food, water and wildlife.

  • Juvenile osprey being ringed

    Juvenile osprey being ringed

  • Ringing at Rutland Water

    Ringing at Rutland Water

  • Helen helps with the osprey ringing

    Helen helps with the osprey ringing

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