Give a little time to nature at Bassenthwaite Lake this summer

Annabel Rushton

Wednesday 6 March 2019

Issued by the Lake District Osprey Project - a partnership between The Forestry Commission, the RSPB and the Lake District National Park Authority

With the return of Bassenthwaite Lake’s famous ospreys just around the corner, the staff of the Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP) are getting ready for the new season and are looking for volunteers to help run this important attraction.


The public viewpoints at Dodd Wood will re-open again on 1 April, and volunteers play a crucial role showing visitors the ospreys, giving updates on all the latest action, and introducing other exciting wildlife such as red squirrels.


Anthony Hills from the LDOP said: "We are eagerly awaiting the return of the ospreys to Bassenthwaite and are looking forward to a successful season.  This will hopefully be the 19th year that ospreys have returned to the Lake.


“Volunteers are at the heart of what we aim to do on the Lake District Osprey Project – inspiring the public and gaining support for our wildlife conservation work. We’re looking for people with excellent communications skills, who are enthusiastic about nature and connecting people to the natural world. If you think you fit the bill, we would love to hear from you.”


The viewpoints at Dodd Wood will be open every day from 10am-5pm from

Monday 1 April-Sunday 1 September. The volunteer role is flexible, with a minimum requirement of a day per fortnight throughout the season.


Full details of the volunteering role and who to contact can be found here:


Since the LDOP began in 2001, the ospreys at Bassenthwaite Lake have raised over 30 chicks, while over 1.5 million people have visited the project.

Osprey fans around the world can keep an eye on the action from the nest by following the webcam on the LDOP homepage and get the latest news at, or by following on Twitter @lakelandosprey.

To help support the project, which has attracted more than 1.5 million visitors since it started, people can also donate at

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

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