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As members of the National Trust for Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Team, we manage properties across Dumfries and Galloway, including Threave Estate and Nature Reserve; Rockcliffe Property; Venniehill; The Murray's Isles and Bruce's Stone. Our task is to conserve and maintain the variety of habitats and species present, at the same time managing the sites for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

22 June 2012

Osprey Update 22/06:

The ospreys are still sitting tight on the nest and are unfortunately still having to deal with intruder birds. Luckily our ospreys have been able to see off the other ospreys without leaving the nest and eggs exposed. We believe that the eggs were laid around the 26-27th May and the incubation period is 35 - 42 days so hopefully we may have some chicks around the first 2 weeks of July.


  1. have you managed to id the female yet?

  2. At present we have not managed to read the ring of the female. As she is sitting tight on the nest for a large majority of the time it is proving difficult to catch a glimpse. The inclement weather of late has also hindered the process of standing and waiting for a good view.

  3. has any of the threave chicks from past years ever been sighted anywhere

  4. There has only been one sighting that we know of. The background picture of the blog is one of the Threave chicks (Blue BK). He hatched in 2010 and the picture was taken by someone who spotted him in Brittany.