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Sunday, 29 March 2015

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Osprey chicks in Bassenthwaite nest

Three new arrivals are rustling a few feathers after hatching out near Keswick.

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The osprey chicks

The three osprey chicks are thriving after being born at the Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP) at Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite.

The trio, which hatched between May 30 and June 3, are the first full clutch of three chicks for ringed female KL and the unringed male. They flew into the site in April and laid the first egg just after Easter.

Last year, KL was a first time breeder and successfully raised two chicks with an unringed male, believed to be the same male.

Pete Barron, of the LDOP, said: “The 14th year of successful hatching is obviously brilliant for the ospreys, but it is also a fabulous reward for our dedicated staff and volunteers, who have spent thousands of hours working hard to protect these fantastic birds.

“Since the LDOP began in 2001, the ospreys have nested successfully at Bassenthwaite every year, raising 29 chicks – some of which are now colonising other areas including Cumbria, which is a success story in itself.”

They include Foulshaw moss nature reserve, near Witherslack, where a pair of ospreys arrived for the first time last year but failed to produce any eggs. Twitchers in south Cumbria hope to see their first new arrivals this year.

At Bassenthwaite, the chicks, and their parents, are protected by volunteers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and footage from a webcam shows nest updates on flat screens at Whinlatter visitor centre.

The volunteers work at a viewpoint – and undercover – in the wood until the end of August.

More than one million people have also visited the project since it started.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Nathan Fox, at Whinlatter on 017687 78469.

Osprey fans can get the latest news at www.ospreywatch.co.uk, at www.facebook.com/ospreywatch, or by following on Twitter @lakelandosprey.

The LDOP is a partnership between The Forestry Commission, the RSPB and the Lake District National Park.


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