Osprey tracking

Welcome to the Scottish Wildlife Trust's osprey tracking project, which aims to track osprey chicks as they make their way from Scotland to West Africa - a journey of over 3,000 miles.

You can track our osprey chicks (from various years) using the map and tabs below, or follow the instructions to view the migration in Google Earth. Regular updates are also available on our blog.

You can turn individual migration tracks on and off using the checkboxes below. Please note that since Nov 2012 we have not been receiving data on Blue 44.

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Blue 44

This male osprey hatched on Monday 21 May 2012 at the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve in Perthshire. Its mother - affectionately known to many as 'Lady' - is thought to be the oldest breeding osprey in the UK. 'Blue 44' was satellite tagged on Monday 2 July 2012 by osprey expert Roy Dennis. By tracking his journey to West Africa, we hope to gain valuable information on the behaviour of ospreys.

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Blue YD (c) Keith Brockie

First seen on Tuesday 12 June 2012, this male osprey hatched at one of the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Angus reserves. To protect the nest's location, we have located the first point on the osprey chick's journey over the county town of Forfar. 'Blue YD' was satellite tagged on Tuesday 17 July 2012 by osprey expert Roy Dennis. By tracking his journey to West Africa, we hope to gain valuable information on the behaviour of ospreys.

View in Google Earth

If you would like to follow the migration of the satellite-tracked ospreys within Google Earth, you can add the osprey satellite data to your copy of Google Earth. If you do not already have this software, download it for free from the Google Earth website.

Adding the osprey data to Google Earth

  1. Launch the Google Earth software
  2. Go to the Add menu and click Network Link...
  3. Enter 'Scottish Wildlife Trust osprey tracking' in the Name field
  4. Paste the following address into the Link field:
    http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey_tracking.kml
  5. On the refresh tab, change to Periodically every 24 hours
  6. Click OK to add the Trust's osprey data to the Places list on the left hand side of the screen.
  7. Alternatively, if you click the link above and choose to open it in Google Earth, it will load directly, but not be saved in your list of places.

How to use Google Earth

Once the ospreys are in your list of Places you can use the toolbar on the left hand side to toggle on/off each tracked osprey and double click them to zoom straight to their location.

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