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Ospreys have returned to their nests at The Lodge in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Kirroughtree in Galloway Forest Park, and at Glentress in Tweed Valley Forest Park. As regular readers of our blog will know, these beautiful birds of prey migrate from Africa back to Scotland each year to breed and raise their young, returning to warmer climes in Autumn.

Our feathered friends

Now is the time of year to see these magnificent birds in their natural habitat, as they tend to stay in Scotland until August or September, depending on the temperature. Over at the Tweed Valley Osprey Project, our colleagues run an in-depth blog monitoring the osprey pairs and chicks, and already there have been some exciting developments, with new pairs forming, and old alliances being challenged. Updated weekly, it’s a great introduction to the different birds who nest in the Tweed Valley, and a brilliant educational resource, with GPS data on their flight paths and migration habits and some stunning photography.

Person kneeling on grass holding a young osprey

One of last year’s new chicks born in the Tweed Valley, LK0, who has yet to return for 2018...

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We have had some technical difficulties this year - broadcasting live feeds from these nests is a big challenge due to their remote locations, and the often extreme weather and terrain which needs to be negotiated to effect repairs. The live feeds at The Lodge and Kirroughtree have suffered from a downed wi-fi transmitter this week -  it is being repaired tomorrow.

Osprey nest on top of large pole

One of our Tweed Valley cameras - as you can see, they are quite difficult to reach!

As our resident osprey blogger Diane Bennet writes, “It is an incredible feat of technical wizardry that allows us to view these birds, involving large distances of wireless data transmission over hills and valleys. Several masts on the hilltops need to be aligned to send signals point to point, while a power supply using solar and wind, because of the remoteness of the nest sites, adds to the difficulty of maintaining constant images.” With our technical team working on solutions, we hope to have live images back up soon - thanks for your patience in the meantime!

Two ospreys standing above a nest deep in a dark forestMrs O and SS, who appear to have formed a new pair this year… it’s early days!