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Osprey Update 29 September

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. This week we have received great news about a young Tweed Valley osprey that fledged from a new nest in the summer. He is the chick of the first known English osprey parents to breed in Scotland (and within the Tweed Valley project area) and has been photographed in Portugal since he migrated. ...

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Glen heads south

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. After watching his brothers depart a couple of weeks previously, Glen started his migration on the afternoon of 9 September. Here's a timeline of his journey thus far: 9 September - Starts flying south and spends the night near a military base in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. 10 September - Con...

Osprey in flight

Tweed Valley Osprey Project - Update 8 September

Thursday, 08 September 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. The three tracked juvenile ospreys continue to thrive and we are able to trace their activities from their data. Tweed (706) has stayed in Portugal and is favouring an area of Aveiro Lagoon and wetland which is a vast area of estuary, marshes, ponds and canals in the north west of the region. It l...

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The technology helping us modernise forestry

Friday, 02 September 2022

Forestry is evolving. We're using more and more modern technology to help us work in tricky and hard-to-reach areas, though we do still fell trees with a chainsaw and plant by hand. From zip-lining massive logs, to using satellites to herd cows and laser beams to map archaeological sites, we are testing and developing new technology every year to help us do our job better and more efficiently.&nb...

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Heading south, mostly

Monday, 29 August 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. On Friday 26 August, all three juveniles left the nest heading south, and it looked like they'd began their migration to Africa. We've never seen all chicks leave the nest at the same time, but they did in this case, all leaving on Thursday. By Friday morning: Glen was around Kendal in Cumbria ...

Three juvenile osprey chicks with leg tags

Osprey news from around the Tweed Valley

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. Update 26 August: All three juveniles start their migration As of Friday 26 August, all three juveniles have left the nest heading south. We've never seen all chicks leave at the same time, but they have in this case all left on Thursday. Currently (Friday morning): Kirk is at Loch Esk, near E...

Two ospreys perched on a nest

Flying Further Afield

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. There have been no sightings of Mrs O this week at the main osprey nest so it is most likely that she has started her migration and has left her family now. This season seems to have flown by so fast and it’s hard to think that we have to wait until spring to see if she will return safely again....

a women in safety gear sitting on a tree using a chainsaw

The craft of forestry is attracting a growing number of women

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Felling large, diseased trees that pose a risk to the public is a very dangerous task, but it is all in a day’s work for our staff. Lesley Reilly, a expert chainsaw operator in our central region, has just felled a particularly large, diseased ash on the site of the former Wilsontown ironworks in Lanarkshire. The tree – some 25m tall and around 1m in diameter - was growing alongside a publi...

Glentress masterplan update - August 2022

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Things are progressing at pace with various pieces of work underway at the moment. The event start/finish Line and access road being worked on will form part of the yet-to-be-built skills area. These new areas allow us to open up more land for access for MTB users, and walkers. Car Park works Our redevelopment of the car parks is taking shape. The new areas will provide better access to the ca...

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Juvenile ospreys finally have names

Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. 9 August - Tweed Valley Osprey News  The juvenile ospreys finally have names! The names picked relate to the local area. They were suggestions made by one of our longest-standing volunteers, Ella Muir, who has volunteered with Tweed Valley Osprey Project since the start. The chosen names...

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Best summer walks for the whole family

Thursday, 04 August 2022

There is no better time to get out and explore Scotland. We're home to stunning landscapes, great picnic locations, and outdoor playgrounds fit for the whole family.   So, grab your suncream and hat and check out some of our favourite places to explore this summer.   Culbin A vast and varied forest that's perfect for a family day out. Culbin has a range of activities. Take the Gra...

Five ospreys in a nest together

Tweed Valley Osprey Project news update: 26 July

Tuesday, 02 August 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. The whole family at home All three chicks in the main osprey nest successfully fledged during the past week, each displaying varying degrees of confidence and skill. 20 July 2022 The first witnessed flight was on 20 July. We couldn’t see the ring number but the young osprey was wing flappin...

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Ospreys and Nightjars

Monday, 01 August 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. The whole family at the nest – a rare scene now At the main Tweed Valley Osprey nest this past week we have witnessed the growing independence of the chicks as they become young adults. They are now adult sized and all three can fly. Daily honing of their take-off and landing skills provide e...

a hole in the ground with a yellow bag full of mud and shovel next to it

A subterranean secret

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Most people don’t consider archaeology when they think about forestry, but it’s an important part of our stewardship of Scotland’s national forests and land.   We manage many interesting and important archaeological sites across Scotland and are finding and protecting more each year. This can involve creating detailed records of significant sites, developing conservation plans to ens...