Osprey chicks checked and ringed

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6 JULY 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13775

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Two Tweed Valley Osprey Project chicks has been successfully ringed to help monitor their progress over the coming years.

Forestry Commission Scotland wildlife experts used climbing ropes and boot spikes to scale the 40 foot tree to get to the chicks in a secret location within the Tweed Valley.

The chicks, estimated to be about five weeks old, are in tip-top condition and have been given a full MOT by the Commission's rangers. Both were given blue Darvic rings and rangers believe they are brother and sister.

Diane Bennett, Osprey Officer for the project said:

“We ring ospreys as a matter of routine as it helps us trace the birds throughout the rest of their lives.  Ospreys migrate huge distances to and from west Africa so we need to continually know how they are getting on and if they are dispersing to other parts of Scotland.”

The Tweed Valley Osprey Project, a partnership between the Commission, Kailzie Gardens and RSPB Scotland, has helped safeguard the birds and allowed the public to enjoy them through two viewing centres.

The visitor centres at Glentress Forest and Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles, are open to the public with live camera action from the nest so that visitors can follow the osprey family’s every move.

More details about the Tweed Valley ospreys can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/tweedvalleyospreys.


Notes to news editors
1. Photos of the ringing are available from Tuesday 6th July onwards – call the number at the end of the release.

2.   Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

3. Media enquiries to Diane Bennett, Osprey Information Officer 0790 809 8026 or Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.

e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk