All of the family take to the air

Chick 15 left the nest on Thursday just before 15:00, much to the delight of the watching crowd at Whinlatter and our volunteers Elspeth and Mary, who were on duty at the time. The osprey family are now all airborne and both chicks are finding their wings, perfecting their landings and slowly coming to terms with the momentous event that being able to fly brings.  Fledging is a true highlight of the season, and a defining one for our staff and volunteers, who have dedicated thousands of hours of their time protecting 14 &15. Whereas our work for the season is nearly done, we can all sleep a little easier now, knowing that this tremendous team effort has once again provided these young birds with the best possible start to their lives.