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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.

25 June 2013

Threave Osprey Update:

I can confirm that we have two chicks. Yesterday at lunchtime, a fish was brought in and a volunteer, myself and a member of the public saw 2 tiny heads poking up. Olivia (female osprey) then ripped up the fish and tenderly fed the small pieces to both chicks. It is amazing how she feeds them. Such a privilege to watch.

As the chicks grow bigger and stronger Olivia is leaving the nest a little bit more, she doesn't stray far, just the black poplar perch a few metres away, ready to scare off any intruders such as a Red Kite we had on Sunday.

Ozzie (Black80) is hunting for more fish now as the chicks get bigger. He is feeding the whole family. Later on Olivia will start to hunt too, but not quite yet.

Other exciting news on the reserve: Pam and Paul (two long serving volunteers) saw a dog otter swim past the osprey platform. He was fishing. The lucky guys watched him for about 4 minutes.

The first of our swallows in the toilet block has fledged. It fledged yesterday as I came back from the osprey platform. The other four are still in the nest. See the photo below. We also have a noisy pair of jackdaws in the farm buildings and it is great to listen to them feeding the young. Jackdaws are such characters.
The first swallow from Threave Estate toilet block fledged yesterday.
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