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Lake District osprey chicks satellite tagged

Last modified: 06 July 2012

Osprey being ringed and fitted with satellite tag

The last ospreys which were satellite tagged in 2010 ended up in Mauritania and Senegal.

Image: The RSPB

The Lake District Osprey Project team have fitted the osprey chick, currently being raised at Bassenthwaite, with a satellite transmitter so they can see where it goes once it has fledged.

The young bird, which is believed to be male and appears healthy, was also fitted with a white identification ring with the number 13 on it.

Now six weeks old, the osprey will stay around Bassenthwaite with its Dad until early September before striking out on its own.

Kitted out with GPS technology, the small, light satellite transmitter is accurate to a distance of 18 metres. Programmed to take readings at hourly intervals, it records the speed, altitude and course of the bird. The solar-powered transmitter is attached to the chick by a harness, like a tiny rucksack, and should last for three years.

Pete Barron of the Lake District Osprey Project said: “The young bird will head south to Africa. The last ospreys we satellite tagged in 2010 ended up in Mauritania and Senegal. It will be fascinating to watch the progress of the osprey when it leaves the soggy Lake District and makes its own way in the world.

“Each bird that is tagged, helps add to our knowledge about this beautiful and awe-inspiring species and aids its future conservation.”  

Visitors can get great views of the young osprey and its parents at the viewpoints at Dodd Wood, near Keswick where staff and volunteers are on hand with telescopes everyday from 10am-5pm until 2 September.

Over at the Forestry Commission’s Whinlatter Visitor Centre, near Braithwaite, there is an exhibition area dedicated to the ospreys with a live feed from a nest camera showing the action as it unfolds.  The Centre is open daily from 10am to 5pm.   

Osprey fans can get the latest news at www.ospreywatch.co.uk, at www.facebook.com/ospreywatch, or by following on Twitter @LakesOspreys. 

The Lake District Osprey Project is a partnership between the Forestry Commission, the RSPB and the Lake District National Park.

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