The Kielder Osprey Project

The Kielder Osprey Project

Project Animal(s) : Ospreys
Project Category : Birds
Project Region : Europe
Project Type : Conservation
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Project is timebound? : No

For many years ospreys were seen passing through Kielder without stopping, always on the way north to more long-standing nesting sites in Scotland. As more and more of the best nesting spots were taken, it was just a matter of time before they stayed south of the border. To encourage this, the Forestry Commission installed a number of platforms around the forest after a failed attempt to nest by two young birds in 2008. This paid off, as following an absence of about 200 years in Northumberland, ospreys returned to nest at Kielder in 2009.

Every year, once the ospreys return from Kielder, Northumberland Wildlife Trust coordinates a team of knowledgeable volunteers who share their expertise with visitors from the viewing point situated behind the Boat Inn at Kielder Waterside.

The Forestry Commission has provided nest-cameras which enable us to see the nest activity and monitor the ospreys’ progress. The live-streams are available to watch both from the Kielder Castle cafe and the osprey cabin behind the Boat Inn during the season.

The Kielder Osprey project is a partnership between Kielder Water and Forest Park Development TrustForestry CommissionNorthumberland Wildlife TrustNorthumbrian Water and Calvert Trust Kielder.

Project Agency : Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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