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Eight Osprey chicks have ar­rived in Poole Har­bour as part of a fiveyear translo­ca­tion project, aimed at re-es­tab­lish­ing the bird of prey to its for­mer breed­ing grounds on the south coast. The chicks, which were col­lected from healthy, sus­tain­able pop­u­la­tions in north­ern Scot­land were trans­ported down in mid-july. The project, run by lo­cal char­ity Birds of Poole Har­bour, Scottish char­ity The Roy Den­nis Wildlife Foun­da­tion and lo­cal wildlife tech­nol­ogy com­pany Wildlife Win­dows, was given the go-ahead this spring. Once the chicks look ready and strong enough to fly, the Osprey mon­i­tor­ing team will open the pens, al­low­ing the chicks to take to the wing for the first time and ex­plore their new area. It is ex­pected that the young Ospreys will be­gin their long mi­gra­tion to West Africa in the au­tumn. The re­leased Ospreys will then re­main there dur­ing the sum­mer and win­ter of 2018 and won’t think about fly­ing north to the UK un­til late spring 2019. It’s hoped that the first breed­ing will take place around 2021.

The Osprey chicks came from healthy pop­u­la­tions in Scot­land

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