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  • Blog Post: Wigtown Osprey Update

    The Ospreys returned in April they are nesting on the Bay unfortunately not on the tree with the camera but on one to far from electrical source so no pictures this year. We know the EP is one of the pair but as yet we have not been able to establish the identity of the female and she is sitting on...
  • Blog Post: Who needs Autumnwatch?

    Autumnwatch was, as usual, a fantastic showcase for RSPB reserves and the work that we do but did you watch it? I didn’t, at least not live and the reason for that was that my wife and I decided to have a holiday that week and to take in the wildlife sights where I usually work. Not so much...
  • Blog Post: What have we been up to

    On National Moth Night we have organised a ‘Moth and Bat Night’ during which Paul the warden for the Crook led a walk at the reserve discussing moths, echolocation and the importance of bats to our natural habitats. The night started by setting up a moth trap after which we got our bat detectors...
  • Blog Post: Where have all the ospreys gone?

    We waited with great enthusiasm for the return of our ospreys this year in the hope that they would nest and that we would have some great views from our camera of the next generation being born. Nature being what it is, things didn’t turn out quite as we had planned and although the Male arrived...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Ospreys

    Has there been any word at all about the Wigtown ospreys?
  • Media: H/D feeding JC and JD

    Photo taken by Andy Farrington from Wigtown County Buildings Visitor Centre Osprey Camera, Saturday 16th July 2011.
  • Media: Latest screen shot of the Wigotwn Bay Osprey Chicks

    Photo: Ian Brown, 13th July 2011
  • Media: Replica Nest

    Yestersday, Wednesday 13th July local children and parents helped me build a new osprey nest for Wigtown. As part iof the Wigtown and District Community Festival, lots of young opsrey chick helpers built a full size nest in the Wigtown Gardens. This nest will remain there for a few weeks to show just...
  • Media: Thrift at the Crook of Baldoon, photo Paul Tarling

    General view across the salt marsh with the pink haze of Thrift, which is present on the lower to medium salt marsh or merse, with the Galloway Hills behind.
  • Media: H/D feeding JC and JD

    Photo taken by Andy Farrington from Wigtown County Buildings Visitor Centre Osprey Camera, Saturday 16th July 2011.
  • Media: New Visitor Book finally arrived!

    The Wigtown Bay Visitor Centre Visitors Book has finally been created. It is really important for our project to show our funders how many local people and visitors support our project, so next time you come and visit us in the Wigtown County Buildings, please remember to sign our book. Many thanks,...
  • Media: Golly Gargoyle

    Talk about skeletons in the cupboard wish I had a broom could get rid of all these old bones and feathers.
  • Media: Spot the difference

    28th July, This little fellow was sat most of the day on the lip of the box and overnight disappeared. It was the only chick to fledge form the second brood for this box. I think its partner may of been predated by the female woodpecker a couple of days earlier. Both clutches of eggs in this box had...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen our osprey? Wigtown Ospreys chick goes missing.

    This week's press release: One of the two Wigtown Bay osprey chicks from this year’s nest has unexpectedly disappeared. JC, the presumed female chick, which took her first flight only last week, was last seen on July 22. It’s normal for osprey chicks to stay close to the nest for...
  • Blog Post: We survived!

    After 3 days of no electricity, I was MIGHTY glad when the lights popped back on last night. We even had our first barbeque of the year!! Wasn't the warmest but at least the sun was shining. The wind is still bitterly cold here but that hasn't detered some hardy ospreys returning to the UK. Reports...
  • Blog Post: News from the Reserve

    Wheatears bouncing along the path in front of me flashing their white behinds! Sedge warblers warbling, families of Linnets flying, pied wagtails wagging, aerial activities of Swallows , Shelduck out on the mud flats, common frog and rover beetles, and all of this just from spending an hour in the car...
  • Blog Post: Ringed and Ready to Fly

    The Wigtown Bay Ospreys were rung last Friday evening. Here's the press release: Time is running out for a chance to view Wigtown Bay’s ospreys this year, as the successful nest’s two chicks get closer to taking their first flight. The chicks, now named JD and JC, were ringed and...
  • Blog Post: Wigtown is Blooming!

    Wigtown in Bloom was this year's Winner of the Scottish Natural Heritage Biodiversity Award 2012 , sponsored by SNH and Beautiful Scotland (part of Keep Scotland Beautiful) It is wonderful to get recognition for the work of the community, RSPB and D&G Council Ranger service in keeping Wigtown...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys growing up fast

    The Wigtown Bay Osprey chicks are growing up fast. Yesterday I saw both chicks feeding themselves properly, doing the full mantle food, stand on one leg, pin fish with other leg, and tear at fish with beak. H/D our prod mum jus stood back and left them to it. (although later on the same day she was back...
  • Blog Post: Great Stuff

    I've just come back from a week's leave and found a fantastic level of comments and new photos from so many different (and in some cases new) blog users. This is great! We have a fantastic year long wildlife spectacle to offer, and the blog provides a great place to share it with others. It is...
  • Blog Post: Less and less sightings of our ospreys

    It's getting to that time of year again, when less and less is seen of our ospreys, EP, H/D and this years chick JD. Still no reports of our missing chick, JC either, I think she must now be presumed dead. I had a brief glimpse of JD in the nest today with a fish, unfortunately it was just...
  • Blog Post: EP is back!!

    Great news everyone! Today the town bells in Wigtown rang to welcome back our male (leg ring white EP) to the nest. We'd had reports of an osprey since Sunday, but with the camera not working we could not see what was going on. Camera is fully functional again as of 4pm yesterday and straight away...
  • Blog Post: A date for your diary Crook of Baldoon open day 15th April

    The 15th of April sees the first Crook of Baldoon Open Day. We have invited SNH, SEPA, Cree Valley Community Woodland Trust, Scottish Fisheries Trust, Galloway Fisheries Trust and Lisa Hooper a Local Artist for a small exhibition in one of our sheds. and there will be guided walk and staff and...
  • Blog Post: The Wigtown Bay Ospreys seem to have definately gone.

    The Wigtown Bay Ospreys seem to have definitely gone, I have received no more sightings of Ospreys over Wigtown Bay since the 1st of September . Just as well with the weather we are currently experiencing, lets hope they were safely to the South before it arrived! Apparently there are still this year's...
  • Blog Post: Cirrus, are you out there?

    Does anyone know who Cirrus65000 is on youtube, and Cirrus on the RSPB Loch Garten blog is? I need to contact them to ask how they put clips onto youtube. I have very high resolution CCTV footage from the Wigtown Osprey Project (i.e. a few minutes is 1GB) and I need to reduce the quality to post...