Two Osprey chicks in Kielder


A young pair of adult ospreys in Kielder Water & Forest Park has given birth to Jubilee chicks.

Image: two new osprey chicks being admired by their new mum in the second of two nests in Kielder.

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The female on the second of two nests in the 62,000 hectare (155,000 acre) Northumbrian wilderness had been incubating three eggs, but the first two hatched on Monday and Tuesday adding to the Golden Jubilee feel good factor. Last year this same pair reared two ospreys for the first time in Kielder.

The news is yet another step forward for this magnificent species - once extinct in England - but on the verge of making Kielder into a potential mini-stronghold.

Forestry Commission staff were able to watch the first birth on high definition cameras at Kielder Castle Visitor Centre.

Meanwhile, volunteers further down the valley at Northumbrian Water′s Leaplish Waterside Park welcomed scores of nature fans over the holiday weekend to spy the older nest in the forest - which already has three bouncy young chicks.

Kevin Hudson, Leisure Manager from Northumbrian Water, said:

"With hungry new born ospreys to feed the male will put in extra shifts hunting for fish to see them through the vulnerable early days of life. If the weather holds fine, we have real hopes that this year could see a record number of English born ospreys take to the wing in August."

Breeding ospreys returned to the North East for the first time in at least 200 years in 2009 and since then three chicks have fledged each year.

Nature fans can watch the action unfold on CCTV at Kielder Castle and also at Leaplish, where the Kielder Osprey Watch 2012 is being operated by volunteers on weekends and Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

You can follow the fortunes of both nests at http://kielderospreys.wordpress.com  
Get regular Twitter updates @KielderOspreys  
Record your own osprey sightings at the VisitKielder Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kielder

Kielder Osprey Watch 2012 is being organised by the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, the RSPB and Northumberland Wildlife Trust. 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. To find out more go to www.visitkielder.com 

Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038

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