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Three young osprey chicks

A feast of pike

Monday, 01 July 2019

25 days old 25 days old On 24 June, the osprey chicks in the main nest were 25 days old (based on the eldest chick, as they were born a day apart). The transformation from helpless grey downy chicks, which could barely stand or hold their heads up, to these strapping youngsters in such a brief period of time is an amazing sight to see. Development is both subtle but rapid. All body parts seem...

Close-up of a brown cow lying on grass

Cows: Unlikely gardeners!

Monday, 24 June 2019

Home to the remains of the Antonine Wall, once the northernmost tip of the Roman Empire, Nethercroy Hill is now a World Heritage Site. It's a beautiful spot—a stunning nature spot where butterflies, bats, great crested newts and other species make their homes in lush, wildflower-strewn meadows and ancient woodland. One group of residents arrived more recently, and you are almost sure to meet t...

Osprey family in a nest

Growing up so fast

Monday, 24 June 2019

This week at the osprey nest we have witnessed the family feasting on fish until they look like they are about to burst. Father SS is bringing fish in with such regularity that the chicks are being fed to the point of being stuffed and have needed to back off half way through. Their mum, Mrs O, will then finish a meal herself, until even she has had enough. Finally, SS takes the remainder and fini...

Three children going down a slide, side by side

School holiday activities on a budget

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

When you're a youngster, the holidays seem to last forever, stretching on and on in a sunlit haze of long evenings and bright, early mornings. The most important thing to do on your holidays, of course, is to make new memories with friends and family... but keeping the kids entertained is always a challenge, especially with the cost of indoor activities in towns and cities.  Looking for so...

Two women with bikes looking at a pond

Bike maintenance: Our top tips

Friday, 14 June 2019

As the final weekend of Bike Week approaches, we’ve put together this handy guide to basic bike maintenance. Whether you’ve just bought a bike, if you’re looking for one, or just rescuing one from its winter hiding place, we’ll show you how to check it’s in shape for the summer season. These tips should ensure your bike is operating at its best, ready to get outdoors this summer.

Four people stand around a cake

Party time

Friday, 14 June 2019

The birthday party Lady Angela Buchan-Hepburn, Iain and Norma Coates and Tony Lightley cutting the cake Saturday 8 June was a truly nostalgic day for the Tweed Valley Osprey project, as we celebrated the 20th birthday of our male osprey, White Leg SS. It was a lovely time to reminisce and reflect on the achievements of the osprey project over the past two decades. The day was filled with much...

Close-up of someone wearing a full-face bike helmet

Trail Blazers: Ruari Watt & Andy Wardman

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

At our destinations across Scotland, mountain biking is one of the most enduringly popular outdoor activities. Nothing beats the thrill of an adrenaline-charged downhill dash! Scottish mountain bikers and overseas visitors have a range of different challenges, terrains and organised races to choose from, right in their backyard, from Laggan Wolftraxx near Aviemore and Moray Monster Trails ...

Group of 8 people on mountain bikes smiling at the camera

On yer bike! A guide to getting started cycling

Monday, 10 June 2019

It’s National Bike Week (8-16 June)! There’s no better time to jump on your bike and enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors. Whether you haven’t cycled since you were a kid, or your once beloved bike has lain forgotten in the garage for longer than you care to admit, don't hesitate. Dust off that saddle, polish up your bell and don your helmet, it’s time for a two wheeled adventure!

Two ospreys watch an egg hatch

Double celebration

Wednesday, 05 June 2019

A 20th birthday and 3 chicks Proud parents watch their first chick hatch 29 May 4pm. The first of SS and Mrs O’s brood for 2019 hatched on 29 May at 4pm. The hatching was witnessed by Lorna Corley-Jackson, the volunteer on duty, who was delighted and very moved by the event. As we reported last week, she said “I’m thrilled, it was one of the most special events of my life. It will live w...

Two adult ospreys watch a chick hatch

We've hatched!

Friday, 31 May 2019

  Proud parents watch their first chick hatch, 29 May 4pm. SS and Mrs O hatched their first chick on Wednesday 29 May at 4pm. Volunteer Lorna Corley Jackson was lucky enough to be on duty in the Wild Watch Room at Glentress Forest, where she was able to record the little one hatching as the proud parents stood by. “I’m so thrilled, it was one of the most special events of my life,” s...

Two osprey in a nest with eggs

Any day now...

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Waiting for hatch time This will be an exciting week for our main nest birds, White leg SS and his partner Mrs O, because their chicks are due to hatch. The first egg was laid on Easter Sunday, and then a second on 24 and a third on 26 April. Osprey incubation is for a period of between 37 to 40 days, so on 28 May it was officially 37 days since the laying of the first egg. There is no delay t...

Two wee boys putting their bike helmets on

Summer events guide

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Make the most of the summer sunshine, and find an awesome outdoor adventure for the whole family in Scotland’s forests this June and July. Of course our woodland destinations can be calm and tranquil, but at other times, the forests are buzzing with activity! From international mountain biking competitions to guided camping trips under the stars, to holiday-time activity clubs for younger kid...

Two ospreys - one with a fish - in a nest

The story of SS

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Our live camera feed is back up! The live camera feed hosted by Forestry and Land Scotland is currently back up and running. The feed suffers from slow broadband issues, but we have people in the field working on a solution. Although intermittent at times, the feed is back. You can still see videos from the feed, updated every week, on our Osprey Playlist. Here are the highlights from this week! ...

Adult osprey looks at her 3 eggs

SS and Mrs O enjoy domestic bliss

Thursday, 16 May 2019

All is quiet It has been a quiet and uneventful week on the main osprey nest, which is a good thing, as both birds are quite settled. Mrs O is sitting on her three eggs, while SS continues to brings fish for her. If she leaves her eggs to feed on the perch beside the nest, SS takes a turn looking after the eggs. It’s domestic bliss, for now at least! Have a look at the latest videos from the ...

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