Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Thursday was full of anticipation for four of the Glaslyn team as we
headed towards Rutland Water Nature Reserve. It was worth travelling all
those miles for the warm welcome we received from the Rutland team at
Manton Bay, as well as the cake we were served after lunch!
Firstly, we were introduced to Education Officers Ken, Jackie and Pete
who were awaiting the arrival of a school class at the Lyndon Reserve
Centre. They were more than happy to share their wisdom with us, an
invaluable opportunity for Becci, BGGW’s Education Officer, as she
begins a new season of school visits and site activities at the Pont
Croesor Visitor Centre. We were given an insight into what Rutland was
able to offer the schools and were inspired by the infectious enthusiasm of
the children. We then tagged along with the school group to the hide down
by the water’s edge and stayed there for some time admiring the view and
varied wildlife. The osprey nest was clearly visible from the hide and Maya
and her partner 33 were more than happy to entertain us until lunchtime.
We then made our way to the Rutland Volunteer Training Centre, ten
minutes or so from the Lyndon Reserve, and were greeted by a displaying
osprey directly above us. The welcome from Matt, Rebecca and the rest
of the team was just as good as we chatted and shared our osprey stories
over lunch. After devouring our cake we were shown the viewing gallery at
the Training Centre which offered more stunning views of the local wildlife.
Needless to say, we could have stayed there for hours, but soon came the
time for us to leave.
But not before returning to the Lyndon Reserve Centre where we
presented the Rutland team with a copy of ‘Ospreys in Wales’ by Emyr
Evans; as a small token of our gratitude for such a wonderful day.
The long journey home offered us time to reflect on our visit. Filled with
enthusiasm and inspiration, we are confident that we are moving in the
right direction at Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife and that the future is full of
possibilities.
We hope to return the favour and welcome our new friends to Wales very
soon