Four English Lake District Osprey nests contain 10 chicks between them.

More excellent news from Cumbria today which is already in the public domain so we are able to republish the information here. It has been confirmed this week that there are at least 10 osprey chicks contained in 4 successful nests in The Lake District this season. The nest at Bassenthwaite Lake holds 2 chicks, the new nest at  Foulshaw Moss holds 3, the nest at  Esthwaite Lake holds 3 and 2 at Roudsea Moss  (unconfirmed). 
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Only a matter of time before the first nesting osprey are discovered in Lancashire
For several years the North West Raptor Protection Group have been working steadily to install nesting platforms in N.W.Lancashire within sight of the nests at Foulshaw Moss. A spokesperson for the group told Raptor Politics today he felt  it was only a matter of time before one of these platforms is taken up by a pair of Osprey.

6 comments to Four English Lake District Osprey nests contain 10 chicks between them.

  • Tim Sarney

    Lets hope these magnificent birds spread down the Lune Valley where they regularly stop over for several days during their autumn migration for the salmon and sea trout run. Killington and as far down stream as Halton.

    Even moorland game keepers will know they don’t eat grouse or pheasant so they will stand a good chance of surviving (assuming they can tell the difference between an osprey and peregrine / goshawk / short eared owl / hen harrier / corvid).

  • Its good to have some positive news regarding raptors and the above account together with the previous red kite report is excellent news. Two fantastic species in such a wonderful area.

    Editor’s Comment. Strange isn’t it how well raptors can prosper in areas where there is no shooting or for that matter no gamekeepers! In 2001, a pair of osprey built and laid eggs in a nest alongside the river Eden in Cumbria. Because of the ban on public access that year the only people who were allowed to enter the area were the river bailiffs, and if I heard correctly perhaps a single gamekeeper. After someone with a rifle on the opposite side of the river had shot the sitting female off the nest there was a high level police investigation instigated by the MP for that area. Even though the number of authorised individuals who owned a rifle and having access to the river was limited, no one was ever charged.

  • John Miles

    And still no Ospreys nesting on the Eden even when there is room for 4 pairs!!

  • jason

    They’d have no chance in the lune valley. the only thing as rabid as a grouse moor game keeper and with zero regard for the law is a river gamekeeper with regard to salmon and sea trout.

    They have absolutely no compunction about killing otters and throwing them on the roads to be found as roadkill

  • Tim Sarney

    Jason,

    We have picked up several dead otter from roads over the last few years. All have gone to Cardiff University for autopsy and have been confirmed killed by road vehicles. This usually happens when otter take short cuts over land or culverts are in flood so the otter crosses the road instead of going through the culvert. One had some old shot gun pellets in it but these were not related to cause of death. We have heard of one gamekeeper in the Bowland area with a stocked fishing lake who has trapped and killed two otters.

    Generally the fishermen we know on the River Lune are positive about the return of otter to the river – this is a good sign that the river has improved and is in good condition. We have participated in several otter surveys in the Lune catchment and we can confirm that the population is very healthy – so good that for several years Lune otters have been moving south to other catchments.

    Salmon numbers in the Lune and most other west coast English and Scottish rivers have dropped to very low numbers over the past few years. This is primarily due to intensive salmon farming in the west of Scotland and the associated lice and chemical treatments used (west coast salmon migrate up the west coast of Scotland to their seawater feeding areas in Greenland and Iceland). Sea trout numbers are stable – sea trout remain in the local area when at sea.

    There are plenty of trout / sea trout to sustain a few pairs of Osprey. As far as we area aware none of the migratory osprey passing through (and feeding in) the Lune Valley have been killed by river bailiffs or others.

  • Phil

    Can’t wait to see the ospreys at Foulshaw and roudsea this weekend, and hope they progress into Lancashire in the near future. They are not frightened of changing their feeding habits, I’ve seen birds at mono lake in california feeding on goffers, and in march I witnessed an adult bird carrying a small qwoka (wallaby) on an island off western Australia!!