9 JULY 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16308
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Up to date footage of Tweed Valley ospreys rearing their chicks can once again be seen at the two viewing centres at Glentress Forest and Kailzie Gardens.
This good news comes after the recent set back when the three osprey chicks at the main nest all died after the adult female fled.
As a precaution for such an event, Forestry Commission Scotland had already set up a second “back-up nest” ready to take web cam footage.
Now footage is being regularly taken of the osprey family rearing their two chicks and this is then played back at the two centres.
Diane Bennett, Osprey Information Officer said:
“The availability of this new footage is exciting and welcome news after having such a blow with the previous osprey family.
“Over the next few weeks we will be able to monitor the progress of the large chicks and bring regular updates to our viewing centres. We’ll do this until both chicks fledge the nest.
“We are so pleased that visitors can continue to watch ospreys in the Tweed Valley as they are fantastic birds of prey.”
Both the adult birds are ringed and have been recorded in the Borders. However, only until now did volunteers on the Tweed Valley Osprey Project know that they were a pair.
The Tweed Valley Ospreys Project, a partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland, Kailzie Gardens and RSPB Scotland, has helped safeguard the birds and allowed the public to enjoy them.
For more information on the Tweed Valley ospreys log on to http://www.tweedvalleyospreys.co.uk
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