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The three osprey chicks in this year’s Tweed Valley Osprey Project have all died after the adult female fled the nest for days.
This distraught male stayed at the nest with fish for his mate but it was in vain as she never returned.
It is likely that the recent wet and changeable weather will have made it too difficult for the chicks to survive without their mother.
However, in a cruel twist of fate, the female bird might have returned, much to the surprise but delight for the volunteers on the project.
Diane Bennett, osprey information officer for the project aid:
“The death of the chicks has been a real shock to all those who have been following this osprey family for the last ten years. Everyone was thrilled to be watching what we thought was the 11th successful year of breeding. Nature can be very cruel at times but you have to let it take its course.
“There is glimmer of hope though. Although we can’t confirm whether it is the same female, one has turned up and the male is very keen and has already been mating with her.
“It is unlikely, but there could be a very slim chance of eggs being produced again. This would raise everyone’s spirits but we have to be realistic that it is probably just too late now - we’ll keep hoping though.”
It was only in the last fortnight that that the project was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the project with the launch of the book Tweed Valley Ospreys which contained contributions from the St Ronan’s Primary School children.
Through the Tweed Valley Osprey Project, high quality live footage of the ospreys was beamed back to the two viewing centres at Glentress Forest and at Kailzie Gardens. The viewing facilities are still very much open with a range of other wildlife to watch.
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.
Notes to news editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Diane Bennett, Osprey Information Officer 0790 809 8026 or Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0300 067 6508.