Yesterday was a beautiful day here at the Loch of the Lowes reserve. Sunny, still and bright weather brought a calm and relaxed atmosphere and set the perfect conditions for the arrival of the third egg.
Even though the duty of the Species Protection Team already started with LF15 laying her first egg on Saturday 14 April, now it truly feels like we are all set for this year’s osprey season (bearing in mind, that the possibility of a fourth egg is not entirely out of the question!).
On Saturday we embarked on an eight week long mission to keep the nest, its residents and, most importantly, its contents safe. With help from our team of dedicated volunteers, the leadership of the Trust’s Perthshire Ranger Rachael Hunter, and thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we will be conducting our around the clock osprey watch and keeping you up to date regarding our osprey pair as well as dropping in the occasional osprey or wildlife fun fact.
Osprey pair on the nest at Loch of the Lowes © Nigel Wedge
Did you know that our current female has been returning to Loch of the Lowes since 2015, making this season her fourth. So far each of her clutches has been of three eggs, making the latest egg the 12th in total.
To date, LF15 and her partner LM12 have successfully fledged 8 chicks, proving to be very dedicated parents. We are all hoping for another successful osprey season at the Loch of the Lowes reserve and wish our ospreys all the best.
Keep up with our blog to read more stories about our osprey parents-to-be. We will keep you posted.
Species Protection Officer