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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.

27 March 2013

In raptors

It isn't just rumours flying around at Threave in the last couple of days. With reports of birds moving up through the British Isles, there has been an increase in people scanning the river for signs of returning raptors, and on Monday they were rewarded with this:

As yet we have been unable to get the scope on a ring, but both ranger Austin Smith and local resident Jimmy Skilling have reported sightings for the last two days. Without a ring number we cannot yet know whether Black 80 has returned, and indeed this bird may just be passing, but watch this space for further updates, or even better, get down and take a look yourself! The bright, cold, (occasionally) clear weather affords excellent views of the nest vicinity.

There is a tangible sense of excitement here that the ice cannot freeze out, and we'd be really pleased if you felt like sharing your own sightings or information here.

Alternatively, follow us on our new Twitter page (@ThreaveOspreys) and get the latest updates that way. We'll be keeping you informed throughout the season.

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