Last chance to see Bassenthwaite ospreys up-close

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Visitors to Bassenthwaite have just a few weeks left to get up close to the lake's popular family of ospreys.

For the sixteenth year running, the Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP) staff and volunteers have been running special, free viewpoints at Dodd Wood where visitors can watch the spectacular birds in action. The viewpoints, which opened in March, will close on 31 August and won't re-open until next year.

Cath Johnson, of the Lake District Osprey Project, said: "The birds are a fantastic presence here in the summer and thousands of people of all ages have taken the opportunity to get closer to them. Now is the perfect time to come and see the osprey family at Bassenthwaite. The young osprey, named 'Bega' in a competition we held earlier in the season, is mastering flying, and should soon be fishing for herself, so there's lots of excitement."

The LDOP viewpoints are running until 31 August and can be found at Dodd Wood everyday from 10 am-5 pm. At Whinlatter Visitor Centre the public can also watch footage from this seasons nest cam every day from 10 am-5 pm.

Cath added: "Ospreys spend the winter in Africa, so Bega and her parents have a long journey to prepare for. Thanks to a tracking device fitted when Bega was in the nest, we will be able to see where she goes, providing valuable data on osprey behavior."

More than 30 osprey chicks have been raised since the project began 16 years ago. It is also the fourth year of raising chicks for ringed female KL and the unringed male, believed to be the same male which has returned to Bassenthwaite with KL for the fourth year running.

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

To help support the project, which has attracted more than one million visitors since it started, people can also now donate at www.justgiving.com/lakesospreys.
Tagged with: Country: England Topic: Birds of prey