Half of Kielder's osprey chicks didn't survive the weather25/07/2012 11:59:15 Ospreys in Kielder Forest ringed
July 2012. Rare English ospreys may have defied the dismal summer weather, but cold conditions and record rainfall have still taken their toll.
Three chicks ringed
Three chicks died in bad weather
But Rangers remain upbeat. Forestry Commission Wildlife Ranger Philip Spottiswood explained: "We have maintained our record of producing three osprey chicks each year since 2009 when the bird began to breed again in Northumberland for the first time in at least 200 years. Despite the conditions, the chicks ringed this year are very healthy and we expect them all to fledge in the next few weeks. Given the dreadful weather that is a tremendous result."
Expanding Scottish population
Kielder Osprey Watch 2012 is organised by the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB. The partners are working hard to ensure that the ospreys are here to stay by maintaining a high quality habitat in Kielder Water & Forest Park and safeguarding and monitoring the nest site.