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Kielder ospreys to be given dramatic new perch

Artist's impression Photo: Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland
Artist's impression Credit: Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland

Visitors at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland are being promised a new way of experiencing wildlife when a two year project launches.

'Living Wild at Kielder' has been funded by Heritage Lottery. It involves a 'levitated mass' emerging from Kielder Water during the autumn. It will act as a perch for the ospreys and other birds and will appear to be a large floating rock.

A levitated mass Credit: Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland

An expanding family of ospreys has now made its home at Kielder Water & Forest Park after an absence of more than 200 years in Northumberland. This year is the best-ever recorded with 13 eggs having been laid by the four breeding pairs at Kielder.

"A Levitated Mass' abstractly references the construction of the dam and the work of the surrealist René Magritte, providing a highly unusual perch for the Park's expanding population of ospreys.

"It aligns perfectly with an ambition to commission art and architectural work that is inspired by Kielder's unique landscape while also integrating art into the many ways that visitors enjoy, orientate, and learn about the Park during their visit."

– Kielder Art and Architecture curator Peter Sharpe

The award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park contains England's largest working forest and the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe. It is home to England's largest red squirrel population and in 2009, ospreys returned to the area following an absence of more than 200 years in Northumberland.