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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.

23 June 2013

Threave Osprey Update:

Good morning folks. I was at the viewing platform yesterday and got some great views of Ozzie (Black 80) bringing in a large fish and giving it to Olivia. She then fed down into the nest but I unfortunately didn't see a chick. One volunteer Sue was lucky enough on Friday to see a chick 5 times and a kingfisher flying past the platform. It must of just been her lucky day.

Over the last few days Ozzie has been building up the nest to further protect the chicks. He is making it bigger as they are growing fast on their high energy diet of fish.

If the weather is bad today we will relocate to castle hide so just walk a further 100 metres and we will be inside with a telescope and on hand to talk about ospreys. I also saw two great crested grebe there flirting and doing their courtship dance last night.

Enjoy your weekend and get out and about and see Scotland's wonderful nature. Remember it is the Year of Natural Scotland.

What animal would you choose as your favourite out of the "Big 5" in Scotland? They are a red squirrel, a red deer, an otter, a seal and a golden eagle. We would love to hear from you.

Mine would have to be a Golden Eagle, such majestic birds with a real awe about them. Plus I am a bird of prey geek. Haha.
The view across Threave Estate. The creeping buttercups look amazing this time of year.

Osprey Ranger

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