We have spent this last week at my favourite part of the UK, Rydal in the Lake District. The first time I went to Rydal was when I was thirteen and since then have returned again and again, and six times in the last 12 months.
I will be posting some audio recorded at a bird of prey sanctuary near Penrith later this week but for now a short audio recording from late in the evening on the 19th of July when we were down by the Rothay river which runs out of Rydal Water watching bats.
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Partial view of Rydal Water from the caves looking across to Nab Scar (1450ft) and the medieval coffin route which runs under its craggy height to the church of St Oswald's.
The Lake District Osprey Project mentioned in the audio can be found at Dodd Wood and the Whinlatter Visitor Centres.The Osprey's return to the Lake District was the culmination of years of concerted effort to encourage Ospreys to nest. The nest on the far side of Bassenthwaite Lake is housed on a purpose built platform.
Since the first breeding pair reared a chick in 2001, more than 200,000 people have visited Dodd Wood and Whinlatter visitor centres for the views of the nest site and their fishing grounds. Dodd Wood on the farthest side of the lake from the nest has a number of high powered scopes for viewing and Whinlatter has CCTV feeds of the nest.
Intro & Outro music Silk Route by Satya from the Memoirs of a World Traveller album.