Female osprey returns to loch of the lowes

Staff and volunteers at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scotland's leading nature conservation charity, are delighted that a female osprey has returned to Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve, near Dunkeld, almost two weeks earlier than anticipated.

Wildlife enthusiasts from around the world had been waiting to see if the female osprey, known at the Trust as LF15, would return to the reserve for a second year running. The osprey successfully fledged three chicks at the reserve last summer and had last been seen on 7 August 2015. Having spent the winter in a warmer climate, she has now returned Scotland’s most famous osprey nest, where it is hoped that she will breed once more.

Perthshire Ranger for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Charlotte Fleming, said: “It’s great to see the osprey back again. Her behaviour is very relaxed and she seems very at ease in the middle of the nest. From initial observations she looks in great condition for breeding and we are sure to see her enjoying a well-needed fish soon.

“We are hoping that she won’t be on her own for long and are keeping our eyes glued to the webcam to see when the male will arrive. I am delighted that our osprey season has started so well already, and have everything crossed for another successful breeding season.”

Once extinct in the UK, there are now around 240 breeding pairs of ospreys thanks to the efforts of nature conservation charities like the Scottish Wildlife Trust, whose Osprey Protection Programme is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, Clara Govier, said: “Players will be delighted to hear the female osprey has returned to the nest. It was fantastic to watch her three chicks develop last year knowing support from players assist the Scottish Wildlife Trust to protect these rare birds. Hopefully, this breeding season will be as successful.”






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