6 APRIL 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13484
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The Borders’ ospreys have surprised and delighted everyone involved in the Tweed Valley Osprey Project by laying their first egg.
The birds only arrived back in the Tweed Valley on the 21st March and project’s organisers say this is the earliest an egg has ever been laid by the Tweed Valley ospreys.
The project team believe this egg could be the first osprey egg to have been laid in the whole of the UK.
Osprey information officer Diane Bennett said:
“The ospreys have already had a bit of battering with the very recent bad snowy weather but this certainly hasn’t put them off their stride. They’ve come back to a sturdy nest, thanks to the Commission’s and RSPB rangers, so things are looking promising.
“We think the first egg was laid on Monday 5th April as that is when our volunteers spotted it for the first time. The female is taking a real interest in the egg, rolling it around and getting it into the best position for incubation. This is all good news and we just need to keep our fingers crossed now that everything falls into place and we get more eggs.”
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 or Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.