OSPREYS & GOLDEN
EAGLES IN THE LAKES
The Lake District Osprey Project team are celebrating the arrival of this year's first osprey chicks (May 24 2009)at the nest on the east side of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick.
The proud osprey parents are now busy nurturing two young birds. The female osprey is known to have laid three eggs but, as they were laid several days apart and will hatch at different times, it will be some time before the project team know exactly how many have hatched.
There is a public viewing area at Dodd Wood on the Carlisle road north of Keswick. The Osprey watch is a booming tourism 'hot spot' Find out more at http://www.ospreywatch.co.uk/
2007...Both a male and female Osprey have returned to Bass in late April 2007....Forestry Commission wildlife rangers are starting work on an undercover mission to attract more Ospreys to new locations in Cumbria.
A number of potential new breeding sites have been identified at secret locations around the county and will undergo a dramatic face-lift in the coming weeks to offer more ospreys a variety of attractive and secluded nest sites. Further information on the Lake District Osprey Project is available at www.ospreywatch.co.uk
2006....Three chicks have hatched out in the osprey nest at Bassenthwaite over the Bank Holiday Weekend, a delighted Lake District Osprey Project team announced today (Tuesday 30 May 2006). Its the first time that three eggs have successfully hatched in the nest since the birds arrived to nest in Cumbria in 2001.
The first two chicks hatched out within a few hours of each other on Friday night and Saturday morning, the third chick hatched out on Monday afternoon. The ospreys have hatched out twins in 2002 and 2005, but until today they have never had triplets!
In 2001 the sea eagles or Ospreys
successfull reared a chick for the first time in England for
150 years. July 2005 One of two recently-hatched osprey chicks
has taken its first flight from a pine tree nest in the Lake
It was in 1998 that the Forestry Commission erected nesting platforms after the birds had been seen summering around Bassenthwaite Lake. Once it was seen that the birds were incubating eggs a 24 hour watch was kept using staff from the Lake District Planning Authority, Forestry Commission and RSPB. Even the local police helped in being ready to deter egg collectors. The birds successfully hatched. The subsequent arrival of hundreds of twitchers ( or bird enthusiasts) to see them feeding in the Lake was a boost to tourism
The public viewing area is
near the Dodds Wood centre, two miles north of Keswick. Parking
is £2 and the view point has high powered binoculars..but
be warned the birds nest is over a mile away across Bassenthwaite.