Three osprey chicks tagged in Tweed Valley

Three six-week-old osprey chicks are being ringed in the Tweed Valley Forest Park as part of a conservation project.

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Osprey chicks tagged in Tweed Valley

One of the ringed Osprey chicks Credit: ITV News Border

A bird of prey that was near extinction is being helped back to healthy numbers in the Scottish Borders.

The Tweed Valley Osprey conservation project looks after ten nests in secret locations near Innerleithen.

For the tenth year running a pair have returned to the same spot to breed.

Three chicks have been tagged this morning, to prepare for them flying the nest.

An osprey chick Credit: ITV News Border

Osprey chicks ringed in Borders forest park

Three six-week-old osprey chicks are being ringed in the Tweed Valley Forest Park as part of a conservation project.

Around 160 chicks have been ringed since the Tweed Valley Osprey Project began in 1999.

"Every year, we ring the new osprey chicks so that we can track them for years to come and this helps us monitor the success of the project. We can get an insight of where they travel to and where they nest back in the UK.

"During the ringing process, Forestry Commission Scotland's conservation managers also take the time to give them a thorough health check, making sure they are a good weight and show no signs of ill health.

"The Tweed Valley Osprey Project is proving a great success and we are thrilled also that members of the public can watch the birds closely at our two live viewing centres at Glentress forest and Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles.

"It's a great advert for the Year of Natural Scotland."

– Diane Bennett, Osprey Information Officer

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