Two brand new ospreys are in town in the Lake District and the Lake District Osprey Project are delighted to welcome the new pair who are the first arrivals of what the LDOP hope will be the 13th season at Bassenthwaite for the world-famous Lakeland Ospreys.
The LDOP team are crossing their fingers in hope that the pair, who are believed to be different birds from previous years, will use the nest site to breed.
A pair of ospreys first nested near the north Cumbrian lake over 10 years ago in 2001 and they raised a single chick. These were the first ospreys to do so in Cumbria for 150 years and since then, these birds have nested successfully near Bassenthwaite Lake every year, raising a total of 24 chicks.
Over a million visitors have witnessed these classic birds of prey soaring over the woods or swooping down to the water to fish. They have also taken in some of the cracking close-up nest camera footage of the new chicks.
This wildlife spectacular, however, shouldn’t be taken for granted. Even if the ospreys do return, which is never guaranteed, they don’t always return to the same site.
Nathan Fox, of the LDOP, told the RSPB: “We are really excited to have these two birds at the nest site. They have been busy bringing in nesting material and fishing, so hopefully they will use the site here to breed.
“It’s interesting they are different birds to previous years. The female is unringed and we believe she is a different bird, but the male, who is also unringed, is definitely a new visitor here as he has distinctive markings.
“Hopefully, the birds which have used the site to breed previously will also return – that would be fantastic.
“We encourage people to come and see these magnificent creatures – and fingers crossed, visitors will soon be able to enjoy great views of the ospreys and their chicks.”
A dedicated team of staff and volunteers are providing 24-hour nest protection, as well as staffing the viewpoint at Dodd Wood, until September, and the Whinlatter Visitor Centre, where hopefully live nest cam pictures will be screened onto flat screen televisions.