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WATCH: the £750,000 Coniston conservation scheme

A project to improve the water quality at Coniston has been awarded more than £750,000 of Lottery funding.

The water quality in the iconic lake has been declining in recent years, and the Conserving Coniston & Crake project has been set up to stop this.

The scheme is being led by South Cumbria Rivers Trust, and the local community's Coniston & Crake Catchment Partnership.

They will be arranging community conservation projects, and activities for families and local schools, and are calling for more volunteers to get involved.


Joint operation to manage geese in Cumbria

A joint operation between the RSPCA and the Windermere Geese Management Group is being carried out to help understand and track geese in the area.

By ringing a number of birds, experts and wildlife officers are hoping to monitor where the geese come from and why.

"We are doing this to better understand where the geese come from and why.

"We may find that some of the geese are resident in Windermere all year round and that others are just visiting. The answers will help to inform the management of them in future.

"How it works is you ring a number of birds, using highly visible rings, over a number of years and wait for them to be seen and reported."

– Adam Grogan, Senior scientific officer, RSPCA Wildlife Department

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


Cumbrian Owl Trust conservation day

An event aimed at raising awareness about owls and how important they are is being held by the World Owl Trust at Muncaster Castle.

They will be offering information on how to help owls living around the region and will be asking hoteliers to allow their grass to grow long, which will encourage young animals into their gardens- providing a vital source of food for owls.

"Our Conservation Day is a great opportunity for people to come and see the kinds of things that they can do to make a real difference in helping see owls thrive in their area."

– Millie Clarke, Conservation Officer, World Owl Trust

The owl trust centre is home to more than 200 owls from 50 different species and sub-species.

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