Hat-trick for Bassenthwaite osprey pair with three eggs confirmed

Annabel Rushton

Thursday 20 April 2017

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

Following the return of the popular pair of ospreys to Bassenthwaite Lake just before Easter, further excitement has been caused as the female osprey has laid three eggs.

Members of the Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP) confirmed a hat-trick of eggs, laid over a week, are being looked after by both parents - the female known as 'KL' and the unringed male osprey.

Cath Johnson, of the LDOP, said: "We're so eggs-cited that KL and her partner have three eggs in the nest. This is the fifth year that these particular ospreys have returned to Bassenthwaite and they've had 15 eggs in that time, so they are a very successful pair."

A dedicated team of staff and volunteers can be found at the osprey viewpoint at Dodd Wood which is available every day from 10 am-5 pm until the end of August. At nearby Whinlatter Visitor Centre visitors can also watch live nest cam images on flat screen televisions, between 10 am-5 pm.

Cath added: "It's amazing to be able to watch these impressive birds here in the heart of the Lake District. We would encourage everyone, whether local or visiting the area, to come and see them over the summer and follow their incredible story."

Since the LDOP began in 2001, ospreys have nested successfully at Bassenthwaite every year, raising nearly 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 ospreywatch.co.uk and get the latest news at facebook.com/ospreywatch, or by following on Twitter @lakelandosprey.

To help support the project, people can also now donate at www.justgiving.com/lakesospreys.

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


Additional Notes:

  1. The Lake District Osprey Viewpoint at the Forestry Commission's Dodd Wood gives open-air viewing of the birds and will be staffed until September. It is located, 3 miles north of Keswick, off the A591 - follow signs to Mirehouse.

  1. The Bassenthwaite ospreys re-colonised naturally in 2001 as part of a population expansion in Scotland, following the return of ospreys there in the 1950s after an absence of more than 50 years. It was the first time that ospreys had nested in Cumbria for at least 150 years.

  1. The Forestry Commission's Whinlatter Visitor Centre near Braithwaite is open all year round.

  1. The Lake District Osprey Project also forms part of the RSPB's 'Date with Nature' programme of events around the UK, which make rare and spectacular wildlife accessible for everyone to see. Dates with Nature give people the opportunity to get up close to all sorts of wildlife and enjoy impressive views of creatures they may never otherwise see. Most Dates with Nature take place away from RSPB reserves and are run thanks to partnerships with other organisations such as the Forestry Commission and the Lake District National Park Authority. Visit rspb.org.uk/datewithnature to find out more.

  1. Bassenthwaite Lake is a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation owned and managed by the Lake District National Park.

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