The decision to satellite tag the osprey chick at Loch of the Lowes this year, has been taken following careful consideration and specialist advice from the UK’s foremost expert in this area, Roy Dennis, who will be carrying out the actual tagging process. It will enable us to gather important scientific data regarding the flight paths, stopping off points and final destinations of our own ospreys, and will be used in conjunction with other tagging work to build up a bigger picture of raptor migration to/fromScotland. With sufficient data it is hoped that the Scottish Wildlife Trust in conjunction with other conservation bodies also carrying out tagging projects, can in the future exert pressure on landowners and even governments to protect these stopping off points and destinations, which are very important to the life cycles of ospreys. It will also allow us to forge links with communities on our ospreys route, to further enhance their conservation.
Satellite Tagging is a practice that has been undertaken very successfully by other conservation organisations, and it is important that a high profile bird such as the chick at Lowes gives us the opportunity to highlight this very important scientific work. It is also the first time a bird from this part ofScotland(anywhere south of Speyside) has been done, which will give us insight into any local differences etc.
The project has been well supported by members and supporters of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, with over £11,000 raised in donations, over the last three years.
We will do everything possible to minimise the risks, as the welfare of the osprey chick is of paramount importance to us- the whole process is designed to be quick and pain free and to minimise any stress.
We hope to learn an enormous amount from this project, and help contribute to the conservation of the whole Osprey species. Thankyou for all your feeedback and questions about the project- rest assured we do take all your contributions into account.
Emma Rawling, and Rab Potter NE Reserve Manager