Osprey Chicks on the nest

                 Welcome to the Lake District Osprey Project website 2021.

  Corona Virus

Dodd Viewpoints – The Forest, car-park and Sawmill Tea rooms are currently open at Dodd.

Given the current health emergency, and guidance from Government on social distancing, to safeguard everyone, we unfortunately could not provide telescopes or staffed information at the Dodd Viewpoints throughout the 2021 season. 

Whinlatter webcam – Similarly, we could not provide this service due to corona virus regulation

For further information on the forests view:-


Current status of Bassenthwaite Ospreys:-

The Bassenthwaite Ospreys along with the rest of the Northern nesting ospreys started their migrations back to Africa and the Mediterranean at the end of August/beginning of September.

2021 Breeding season

Two adults arrived on about (30.03.2021) 

A clutch of Eggs were laid, (c 11.04.2021 – 15.04.2021) . 

There were two chicks, hatched late May – The female guarded them and the male caught fish for himself and the family.

By the end of August they left as individuals for Africa.

Looking forward to their return next Spring 2022

  • Keep reading the Diary as we hope to put in osprey news and  new information about other wildlife of the Bassenthwaite valley as it happens

    Please note, all images are copy write of the Lake District Osprey Project




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End of Summer Round-up

A pair of ospreys nested by Bassenthwaite Lake this year. From their behaviour we think them to be Unring, and the unringed female from the past two years. They returned to the Lake at the end of March. As last year, they nested on the platform on private property. It was not possible to ascertain how many eggs were laid but 2 chicks hatched out. From the outset they appeared to be strong and healthy. Unring did a grand job keeping the family supplied with fish and the female nurtured them diligently. The two chicks proved to be very independent and by mid August were not hassling Unring for food, very different to many others we have seen.By the last week in August only one bird was seen fleetingly so we must assume the female and the chicks flew sometime then, winging their way to Africa. It was not long after the solitary bird (male) also moved on. Their breeding success just re-enforces the fact that as long as wild creatures are left alone, they generally thrive.

The chicks were not ringed and so they will not be traceable again but as usual, crossed fingers for a successful journey down Europe and over the Sahara.

Bassenthwaite Lake from the top of Dodd

Whether they go to the West coast or follow in White 14’s wing-beats to Bioko is anyone’s guess.


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