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Volunteers on the Tweed Valley Osprey Project are celebrating as they’ve spotted the first chick of the season.
The chick is hopefully the first of three eggs to hatch at the secret nesting site in the heart of the Tweed Valley.
The proud parents have been together for 10 years and if all eggs hatch successfully, they will have brought 26 ospreys into the world.
The new chick can be seen on high quality CCTV footage which is beamed back to Glentress Forest and Kailzie Gardens viewing centres, both just outside Peebles.
Osprey information officer Diane Bennett said:
“We are thrilled to bits that the first egg has hatched and that it could be the first in Scotland.
“There’s a lot of fussing going on at the moment by the adults, making sure the youngster is warm and fed.
“We’re hopeful that the other eggs will also hatch over the next few days so that visitors to our popular viewing centres can watch all the antics live. “
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.
As well as ospreys, visitors can also see a range of other wildlife at the centres including heron and jackdaw chicks.
More details about the Tweed Valley ospreys and the centres can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/tweedvalleyospreys
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
www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland
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 0131 314 6508.