WHERE TO WATCH?

Bird Watching (UK) - - Species -

SCOT­LAND: Most of the UK’S Ospreys are here, with high con­cen­tra­tions in the likes of Strath­spey and Tay­side. Loch Garten RSPB re­mains a great place to see them, and the RSPB re­serve at Loch of the Lowes is also a good spot – one fe­male there, the Lady of the Lowes, raised 50 chicks dur­ing her life­time. RUT­LAND: This year is the 20th anniversary of the start of the Rut­land Os­prey Project – in 2015, eight pairs raised 15 chicks, and this year could be even bet­ter. Can be seen any­where on the lake, but the Lyn­don Re­serve of­fers guar­an­teed views, plus a live cam­era feed in the vis­i­tor cen­tre. GLASLYN: The first breed­ing suc­cess at this North Wales site was con­firmed in 2004, in­volv­ing a bird from the Rut­land project – nest pro­tec­tion and mon­i­tor­ing has en­sured that it has con­tin­ued ever since. CORS DYFI: A pair have bred at this Wildlife Trust re­serve, near Machyn­l­leth, for the past two years, with another, un­paired fe­male also present this year. Great close-up views are pos­si­ble from the main tower hide. LAKE DIS­TRICT: Bassen­th­waite Lake has been home to a sin­gle pair of Ospreys (they nest in nearby Dodd Wood) since 2001 – with plenty of good habi­tat nearby, there are hopes of a larger pop­u­la­tion in the com­ing years. KIELDER WA­TER: Since 2009, up to three pairs have bred at the Northum­ber­land lake and sur­round­ing for­est park – this year, 10 young have been reared, in­clud­ing four in one nest.

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