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Osprey Chicks on the nestWelcome to the Lake District Osprey Project website. Our first opening date was Good Friday on March 30th. Last year (2017) female KL arrived 28th March and male Unring 30th March. They produced a full clutch of 3 chicks over the season, all of which flew at the end of August on their migration.

2018 Unring arrived Saturday 31st March. Sadly, KL has not returned this season. Unring is now loosely connected with an unringed female, ‘Longstreak’.

 No 14 our ‘Star’ traveller, hatched 2013, has spent the winter in Bioko. He started his migration this year (2018) on 19th March and is now hunting, but still a bachelor in South Lakes.

Exhibition and viewpoints. 2018 – We are open every day from 10.00 to 17.00 at Dodd Wood viewpoints and 10.00 to 16.00 at Whinlatter Visitor Centre with good views of the four ospreys using the Lake at the moment.

Sadly, we are unable to transport anyone up to the Dodd Viewpoints at this time due to the state of the track following extensive felling and haulage. However, the live screens at Whinlatter are fully accessible for those with mobility issues.

Webstreaming – as we do not have breeding birds this season there is no webcam. Unring does visit the nest for short periods.

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Lake levels too are falling and we are starting to see large spits and shoals of gravel exposed. Bassenthwaite is shallow at normal times for much of its depth – so does the falling water make it easier for ospreys to fish as new places are opened up and fish are corralled into a smaller area? Certainly we are seeing fishing below the viewpoints every day and although the ‘Yshaped tree’, a little further into the marsh, is a favourite perch, Unring and Longstreak seem to enjoy lounging on the gravel beaches between hunting forays. Our second male 2H spends a lot of time dipping into all the bays in turn all around the lake – a joy to watch from higher up on Dodd and the surrounding fells.

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