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Osprey return sparks celebrations
Osprey (courtesy of RSPB)
The osprey that has returned to Rutland Water is aged two
Conservationists are celebrating "a breakthrough" in efforts to secure the future of an endangered bird.

For the first time in 150 years an osprey that was hatched at Rutland Water has returned there.

Three chicks have been successfully hatched at the site this year, but these are from birds bred in Scotland and brought to the area.

The team at Rutland Water said this could be the first step towards getting a sustainable population of ospreys.

Tim Mackrill, from the Osprey Project Team, said: "The osprey which has come back is two years old, which is too young to breed, but its still a huge breakthrough.

"We want to establish a self-sustaining population here and getting a Rutland born bird to come back shows we are doing something right."

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