About us

The Osprey Leadership Foundation was founded in 2018 by conservationist Tim Mackrill following a successful pilot education programme which he managed for five years while working for Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. The project was based around the migration of Ospreys from Rutland Water – which fly 3000 miles south each year to spend the winter in West Africa – and delivered wildlife education in Gambian schools and included regular fieldtrips for students. The nature conservation message spread through communities and a number of students developed a genuine interest, but opportunities vanished once they left school.

We are now expanding the work of the pilot project by setting-up a series of exciting new initiatives that will help to inspire and support  aspiring conservationists. Initial projects will be undertaken in both The Gambia and the UK, but in time we plan to expand our work to other countries on the Osprey migration flyway. This means that our projects are grassroots in their approach but international in their scope, and this unique combination will help to create young leaders who think differently, communicate engagingly and have a bold vision. To find out more about our different projects, click here.

The Osprey Leadership Foundation isn’t just about equipping young people with conservation experience and academic qualifications: it helps them to develop life skills and confidence to become conservation leaders who can make a difference.


The Osprey Leadership Foundation is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) (Charity no. 1176199).

Our objectives, as outlined in our constitution are:

(1) To advance the education of the public in the subject of nature and in particular but without limitation nature conservation.

(2) For the public benefit to promote the education (including social and physical training) of people engaged in or wishing to become engaged in nature conservation or any related trade or profession in such ways as the CIO thinks fit, including by:

  1. Awarding to such persons scholarships, maintenance allowances or grants tenable at any university, college or institution of higher or further education.
  2. Providing their education (including the study of music or other arts), to undertake travel in furtherance of that education or to prepare for entry to any occupation in nature conservation or a related trade or profession on leaving any educational establishment.

(3) To assist in such ways as the CIO thinks fit any charity whose charitable purposes are the same as or similar to those of the CIO.

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