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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. However, given the current health emergency, and guidance from Government on social distancing, to safeguard everyone, we still cannot provide telescopes or staffed information at the Dodd Viewpoints for the commencement of this 2021 season. 

  • You are very welcome to take your own optics to the viewing points to look at the breeding birds.
  • Son of Bassenthwaite breeding in South Lakes! – Check out the live webcam from Foulshaw (Cumbria Wildlife Trust)  on tab above.

For further information contact:-

https://www.forestryengland.uk/whinlatter

Current status of Bassenthwaite Ospreys:- A pair of ospreys nested on Bassenthwaite last year 2020, and hatched two chicks successfully. The adults and juveniles left the Lake and started their migration to Africa in the autumn. As usual, it was crossed fingers that they made it through all the hazards to arrive safely at their destination.

Two adults  have now arrived (30.03.2021)   Juveniles will stay in Africa for one to three years until they are mature

A clutch of Eggs are now laid, (11.04.2021 – 15.04.2021) The female is sitting tightly and the male catching fish for himself and her.

  • 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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Eggs! A chilly start to season this year’s clutch.

Picture from a previous year – showing a full clutch of 3 eggs

The Bassenthwaite birds have done it again. On Saturday 10th April the behaviour of the birds changed with both looking a little uncomfortable. The female stood hunched in the nest whilst the male flew around with a fish – but her mind was on higher things!!

Here’s an on-the-spot account by one of the watchers:-

‘There was one bird standing hunched on the edge of the nest looking about. After a time it sat down in the nest with only its head visible. At about 3:30 another osprey flew by carrying a fish. It did not stop at the nest, but flew round a couple of times then went off towards the south. The other bird stood up and looked about, but did  not leave the nest. I stayed for about another ½ hour, and nothing further happened. It then started to snow and got very cold, so I came home.’

By Sunday it seemed that the first egg had been laid although mating continued – a sure sign that more eggs are on the way. Eggs are laid at 2 day intervals and so her clutch will have been completed sometime in the middle of that week. She is now sitting tightly.

Crossed fingers for the next month of sitting.

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