Issued by the Lake District Osprey Project
A partnership between The Forestry Commission, the RSPB and the Lake District National Park
Following their return at Easter, the popular pair of ospreys nesting at Bassenthwaite are continuing to impress, with female osprey KL laying three eggs in six days.
Members of the Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP) confirmed a hat-trick of eggs are now being looked after by the ospreys - ringed female KL and an unringed male, believed to be the same male osprey that has returned to Bassenthwaite for the fourth year running.
Footage from a nest camera confirmed the first egg was laid on 12 April, with another following on 15 April and a third egg confirmed on 17 April.
Jon Carter, of the LDOP, said:"We're delighted that KL has laid three eggs again this year. She will incubate them for around 35-40 days before the chicks hatch, while the male brings in fish for her, so it is an ideal time for people to come to see these incredible birds from the viewing points at Dodd Wood or Whinlatter."
Osprey fans around the world can keep an eye on the action from the nest by following the webcam on the LDOP homepage www.ospreywatch.co.uk and get the latest news at www.ospreywatch.co.uk, at www.facebook.com/ospreywatch, or by following on Twitter @lakelandosprey.
To watch the ospreys in action, visitors can join a dedicated team of LDOP staff and volunteers at the viewpoint at Dodd Wood every day from 10 am-5 pm until the end of August, and at Whinlatter Visitor Centre every day from 10 am-5 pm, where visitors can also watch live nest cam images on flat screen televisions.
Since the LDOP began in 2001, the ospreys have nested successfully at Bassenthwaite every year, raising nearly 30 chicks, while over 1.5 million people have visited the project.
To help support the project, people can also now donate at www.justgiving.com/lakesospreys.
For further information contact:
Annabel Rushton, Lake District Osprey Project, 01524 581026, 07793 902590
Nathan Fox, Lake District Osprey Project, 017687 78127
Kelly Gimson, Lake District Osprey Project, 07595 655020
- 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.
- The Forestry Commission's Whinlatter Visitor Centre near Braithwaite is open all year round.
- Bassenthwaite Lake is a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation owned and managed by the Lake District National Park.
- The Bassenthwaite ospreys re-colonised England 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.
5. The Lake District Osprey Project is one of over 50 "Dates with Nature" events around the UK. Dates with Nature give people the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with all sorts of wildlife and enjoy spectacular views of creatures they may never otherwise see. Many "Dates with Nature" take place away from RSPB reserves and may be run in partnership with other organisations such as the Forestry Commission.