Regular project updates01/04/2008 14:13:35
There are a few projects, happenings and bits of research that, for no other reason than they interest me, we will keep you updated regularly on.
Wild boar in Britain.
Great Bustards in Britain
Ospreys in England and Wales
There must have been a small, ironic smile that appeared on 1-2 faces when Ospreys bred recently in the Lake District and in Wales without any human help at all. However it is thought that 1-2 of the birds involved originated from Rutland. Several Ospreys have returned to Rutland this year and the breeding couple have bred again. The Ospreys in Wales and the Lake district have also laid eggs again this year.
Ospreys in Wales
The ospreys in Wales hatched three chicks in May, their best brood yet. Sadly one of the chicks died unexpectedly at the end of June, probably of natural causes. These ospreys can been seen at Glaslyn.
11 July. First Osprey chick fledges at Glaslyn.
Ospreys in England
There are two known osprey nests in England, at Rutland Water and in the Lake District at Bassenthwaite. The Bassenthwaite ospreys laid three eggs, thought to be a female and two males. As of beginning of July the chicks were growing well.
29 May. The Rutland ospreys, as suspected, hatched three eggs this year, a male and two females. The chicks were ringed towards the end of June and all three appear to be growing very well.
18 July. The Bassenthwaite Ospreys have been ringed and are preparing to leave the nest.
Ospreys in Scotland
The Loch Garten ospreys have hatched three chicks in 2006, though due to some 'nest hopping' it is possible that they may have more than one father. All three chicks were ringed at the beginning of July, it is thought that all three are females.
The chicks fledged succesfully in mid July.
The Aberfoyle Ospreys hatched 3 chicks, and they fledged in Mid July. However one chick disappeared after fledging, very unusual as they normally return to the nest, and has not been seen since.
The Loch of the Lowes ospreys hatched three eggs, but unfortunately only one chick survived to fledge towards the end of July.
Golden Eagles in Ireland