Osprey chick hatches in Tweed Valley

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17 MAY 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14624

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Birdwatchers are thrilled to bits as an osprey chick has been spotted in the Tweed Valley Osprey Watch nest.

The chick was spotted on Sunday (15th May) for the first time. At  the moment staff at the CCTV centre, based at Kailzie Gardens, don’t know how many eggs are in the nest.

Osprey Information officer Diane Bennett said:

“This is really exciting news for us all and a nice surprise. We can’t actually see how many eggs there are this year because the birds have built up the nest so high, possibly because they lost an egg last year.

“Hopefully, if other eggs hatch, the parents will start to stand around the nest’s edges to feed them so the border will get flattened and we’ll all get to see better.”

The proud parents are the same couple that have used the nest since 2004 and have raised 17 chicks between them. The male is from Aberfoyle originally and 12 years old. The female’s age is unknown as she has not been ringed.

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

The CCTV visitor centre is open at Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles, and a new centre is expected to open shortly at Glentress. Live camera action from the nest can be seen just now at Kailzie so visitors can follow the osprey family’s every move.

Kailzie Gardens also has a number of other CCTV feeds for a number of other bird species including herons and blue tits.

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

Media enquiries:

1.    Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2.  Media enquiries to Diane Bennett, Osprey Information Officer 0790 809 8026.

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