Exhibition

Intimate nest experience at Whinlatter Forest  – The Project will be open from Good Friday this year (2018)

Live HD pictures are streamed to the osprey exhibition area, allowing a great indoor experience offering close up views of the ospreys from the edge of their nest via our live nest cameras.  The centre is fully accessible.

ExhibitionOpening Times

Although Whinlatter Forest is open all year round, the Osprey Exhibition is staffed from 10am until 5pm during the period that the ospreys are nesting (March 30th to August 31st), when Lake District Osprey Project staff will be on hand to answer questions and give information on the birds’ behaviour and other wildlife to be seen in the area.

Getting There

The Osprey Exhibition is located at Whinlatter Visitor Centre west of Keswick (CA12 5TW NY209245). There are good public transport links with the daily X4 and X5 Stagecoach bus services between Penrith and Workington calling at Keswick. The Honister Rambler Service 77 and 77A runs seasonally from Keswick to Whinlatter (Easter to October.)

From Penrith and Workington there are rail links to and from the west coast to the  mainline between Glasgow, Carlisle and London.

‘Pay on exit’ car and coach parking is available at Whinlatter.

Other Activities At Whinlatter

In addition to the Osprey exhibition,  Siskins Cafe offers delicious home made food in comfortable surroundings with great views of Grisedale Pike.

School parties are welcome. Many combine a visit to see the ospreys with a Ranger led learning session with Classrooms in the Forest.

Other facilities include a children’s play area, outdoor picnic area and the start of a number of waymarked trails around the Forest. In addition Whinlatter offers a fantastic Go Ape Course and the Lake District’s highest single track mountain bike trails . Whinlatter is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility.

If you have a comment to make about the Lake District Osprey Project, the viewpoints or the exhibition please contact Nathan Fox by email or phone 017687 78469.


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Leading a bachelor life has its joys and its betrayals!

The young woman in Unring’s life is as unpredictable as one might expect, coupled with her winsome beauty. She has a brown smudgy chest and a long dark streak on the back of her head. Perhaps ‘Long streak’ would describe her appearance and nature.

Their relationship started on rocky ground on May 6th with Unring clearly stressed with the whole process of sitting close to a strange female. However, familiarity breeds confidence and through her sporadic visits he has come around to appreciating her charms and does not turn his back the minute she approaches.

However, this increasing warmth may only be because he realises that he has a rival – and it appears she is not subtle in pointing this out. Last week as Unring sat in the alders having his usual post-prandial nap Longstreak lured another young male onto the nearby platform to share an intimate lunch. Opening an eye after some time Unring spied this betrayal and rose into the air to defend his territory. There was an aerial battle in which Unring managed to put in a few punches and the trounced suitor flew off rapidly North. Meanwhile Longstreak sat on the side toying with her sushi and mentally giving marks for stamina and style.

The next day, Sunday, unsurprisingly, she spent hours basking on the nest of the victor and graciously eating the fish that he had provided. Ah -ha we thought! Have they bonded at last?

But no – come Monday she had disappeared again.

This behaviour would indicate that the female is young and not really ready to settle down – compare this with the flightiness of no 14 over the previous seasons. But who knows, maybe the groundwork is being in for next season?

Longstreak on the left  – you can just about see this mark on the back of her head.

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