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Three osprey chicks are ready to make more natural history in Northumberland - and now youngsters are being invited to suggest names for each of them.
The record breaking birds in Kielder Water & Forest Park are the second brood to hatch in the north east after their siblings successfully fledged last year – the first to do so in the region for many centuries.
Rangers report that the chicks are growing really well and putting on plenty of weight. They are now moving around the nest – or eerie, built on top of a tree in the 62,000 hectare (155,000 acre) wilderness – and exercising their wings to build up strength.
All being well they should make their first flight at the end of July.
Now the Kielder Partnership want children across the region to suggest the best names for the three chicks, with the winner and guardian being offered a unique chance to join rangers and watch as the birds are ringed (1).
Elisabeth Rowark, Director of the Kielder Partnership, said:
”Every chick that takes to the air is a massive step forward for conservation efforts and its only right to bestow such fabulous birds with a special name. We are looking for suggestions that capture the character, bravery and star quality of these fabulous fish eating creatures which will travel to Africa before they hopefully return to Kielder Water & Forest Park in a few years’ time. So don’t be shy, come up a good name and you could come face-to-face with an osprey!”
To make your suggestion visit www.visitkielder.com and submit via the 'contact us' form or email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Osprey naming competition' in the subject line. Include the child's full name, parent's full name, postal address, email address and telephone number(2). The closing date is 1 July and the competition is open to children aged between the ages of 5 - 16 years old.
Notes to Editor
- Children need to offer names for each of the three ospreys. There will only be one winner. The prize is subject to terms and conditions and is non-transferable and the winner must be available mid-week early July to attend the ringing.
- Kielder Partnership would like to hold your details to keep you informed of future events and activities from ourselves and KW&FP business partners. If you prefer not to be contacted please indicate. Partners include: Calvert Trust Kielder, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Northumberland County Council and Northumbrian Water. Northumberland Wildlife Trust is an associate member.
- Live CCTV footage of the ospreys can be viewed at Kielder Castle and the adjoining Dukes Pantry Tearoom daily. The popular osprey viewing area at the Mounces Car Park, just west of Leaplish Waterside Park off the C200, is also open and will be staffed on weekends until 25 July from 10am to 5pm.
- Kielder Osprey Watch 2010 is organised by the Kielder Partnership, the RSPB and Northumberland Wildlife Trust. The partners are working hard to ensure that the ospreys are here to stay by maintaining a high quality habitat in Kielder Water & Forest Park and safeguarding and monitoring the nest site. To find out more go to www.visitkielder.com
- Kielder Water & Forest Park was recently voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.