A Bassenthwaite osprey chick has just been handed a clean bill of health.

The Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP) has had confirmation that a recent health check on the osprey chick at Bassenthwaite Lake shows the youngster to be in excellent condition.

The female chick, was checked recently and ringed by highly trained, licensed, experts.

It is one of a number of young ospreys to be ringed in Cumbria this season, as the population steadily grows.

Cath Johnson, of the LDOP, said: “We’re delighted to have received confirmation that the chick is in good health.

"Ringing ospreys gives us important information about their movements and once they are old enough, where they breed and who they partner up with, so in the future we will hopefully know where she raises a family of her own.”

Due to historic persecution, ospreys were sadly extinct in Cumbria for over 150 years, until 2001 when the first pair returned to Bassenthwaite. Now they are bouncing back with eight pairs nesting in various locations around the county this year.

The best place in the North Lakes to see the ospreys are the viewpoints at Dodd Wood, which are open every day from 10am to 5pm until the end of August.

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