Anglian Water's project to reintroduce the osprey to England has been an outstanding success.
Ospreys had not bred in England for more than 150 years, but close work with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust resulted in English chicks hatching in 2001 at Rutland Water, our largest reservoir. Breeding pairs are also now established in Wales as an indirect result of our work.
During 2007, the project reached another milestone: the first English-hatched bird to breed. A female from 2004's brood returned to Rutland Water and partnered with an older male who had changed location from Scotland in 1997. They raised two chicks. Sadly, they were not as successful in 2008 when their three eggs failed to hatch.