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Three osprey chicks have finally hatched at a popular tourist attraction in the Lake District.
Just before Easter, the popular osprey couple arrived back at Bassenthwaite, laying three eggs in April.
The osprey chicks, which hatched on 18, 19 and 22 May, are doing well according to staff at the Lake District Osprey Project.
This is the fifth year that this particular pair of ospreys have successfully hatched chicks here at Bassenthwaite Lake. The female, known as ‘KL’ and her partner who is not ringed, are a successful pair and have captured the imaginations of the thousands of visitors who have come to see them over the last five years. I would encourage everyone, whether you are local or visiting the area, to come and see these magnificent birds this summer and get the latest updates on their fascinating story.”
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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.
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.
It has been the most successful year ever for four breeding osprey pairs on the Scottish Border.
Nine chicks have already fledged in their nests high up in the treetops at Kielder with two more due to fledge soon.
There are now hopes that the birds can one day re-colonise much of this part of the country.
Matthew Taylor reports:
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The Lake District Osprey Project says three birds have been seen so far, and one has even begun mating.
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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.
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."
Hopes are high that a new pair of ospreys in Cumbria will make it 13 years of successful breeding at a site near Bassenthwaite.
Both of the birds are unringed and experts believe they are new to the area.
The first osprey egg in Scotland was laid at the Tweed Valley Osprey Project near Peebles the Scottish Borders last week.