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Farmer found guilty of disturbing protected ospreys

Credit: Lake District Osprey Project

A farmer has been found guilty of intentionally disturbing the nest of breeding ospreys in the Lake District.

Paul Barnes drove his tractor and trailer with a group of children close to the Bassenthwaite site in June 2017, scaring the birds of prey from their nest.

The 58-year-old, from Braithwaite near Keswick, must pay a £300 fine, £2,000 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The charges were brought under the Country and Wildlife Act 1981.

Ospreys are protected under the act which means it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly cause disturbance at, on or near an active nest.

The birds returned to the Lake District in 2001 after an absence of 150 years.

They have since become a major tourist attraction.

'Eggs-citement' as Bassenthwaite osprey lays three eggs

The osprey has laid three eggs. Credit: Lake District Osprey Project

Three osprey eggs have been spotted at a popular tourist attraction in the Lake District.

Just before Easter, Bassenthwaite Lake's regular osprey couple returned.

Members of the Lake District Osprey Project have now confirmed that a hat-trick of eggs, laid over a week, are being looked after by both parents.

We’re so eggs-cited that KL and her partner have three eggs in the nest.

This is the fifth year that these particular ospreys have returned to Bassenthwaite and they’ve had 15 eggs in that time, so they are a very successful pair.

– Cath Johnson, of the LDOP

The osprey viewpoint can be found at Dodd Wood every day from 10am to 5pm until the end of August.

At nearby Whinlatter Visitor Centre visitors can also watch live nest cam images on flat screen televisions, between 10am and 5pm.


A66 closure for road maintenance

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Motorists on one of Cumbria's busiest routes will face three weeks of disruption from today.

The westbound carriageway on the A66 at Bassenthwaite is closing for Highways England to upgrade speed cameras and carry out routine maintenance.

While the westbound route is closed drivers will use a single lane on the eastbound carriageway.