I'm sure you're aware of the wonderful success over the years of the breeding ospreys at Bassenthwaite. So we were really pleased to be able to invite local businesses to a special event last month at Whinlatter visitor centre to meet the ranger responsible for the Lake District Osprey Project, and see the pair and their young on the nest.
Nathan Fox, Forestry Comission ranger, gave a fantastic presentation about the history and future of these fascinating birds. He told us how the ospreys have been returning annually to Bassenthwaite and drawing in visitors since 2001.
Their presence has a very significant impact on the local economy from which local businesses benefit. An independent economic impact study has found that osprey watchers contribute around £2million per year into the local economy, support 11 Full Time equivalent jobs and 31 seasonal jobs. The Lake District Osprey project itself employs 5 seasonal staff and draws on staff from partner organisations. There are also over 90 volunteers contributing 6000 hours of their time annually to protect the birds and nest.
However, the future of this vital conservation project is dependent on the support of visitors and businesses in the area. Which is why we are delighted that 3 new businesses have already signed up to fundraise for the project.
These three businesses will be spreading the word about the vital conservation work of the project, and inviting their guests to make much needed donations.
If you would like to support this amazing project please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org