First osprey egg is laid in Scotland

The first osprey egg in Scotland has been laid in the Borders. Staff at the Tweed Valley Osprey Project near Peebles say they are delighted. The birds only arrived back at their secret nest on April 3rd. Ospreys have been nesting in the Tweed Valley for more than 15 years.

"It's been another year of pretty bad weather for them but it seems that the ospreys are getting used to dealing with the cold and snow when they first return.

"This is the tenth season where they've come back to a sturdy nest, thanks to the work of Forestry Commission Scotland's conservation rangers, and with this first egg, things are looking promising.

"As you'd expect, the mother osprey has been fussing over it and has made sure that she's found the best position for incubation. Hopefully there will be more eggs to come - but for now it's all good news."

– Osprey information officer Daine Bennett