14 APRIL 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15916
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The Borders’ ospreys have heralded that spring is on the way – because there is now one egg in the nest!
Everyone involved in the Tweed Valley Osprey Project is excited about the early breeding success, as the birds only arrived back from their winter sojourn on 3 April – and the team believe it is the first osprey egg to have been laid in Scotland.
Osprey information officer Diane Bennett said:
“It’s been another year of pretty bad weather for them but it seems that the ospreys are getting used to dealing with the cold and snow when they first return.
“This is the tenth season where they’ve come back to a sturdy nest, thanks to the work of Forestry Commission Scotland’s conservation rangers, and with this first egg, things are looking promising.
“One of our new volunteers spotted the egg on Friday and as you’d expect, the mother osprey has been fussing over it and has made sure that she’s found the best position for incubation. Hopefully there will be more eggs to come – but for now it’s all good news!”
Ospreys have been nesting in the Tweed Valley for more than 15 years. The Tweed Valley Ospreys 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 now.
More details about the Tweed Valley ospreys can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/tweedvalleyospreys
Notes to news editors
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.