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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.

19 July 2013

Threave Osprey Update:

The chicks were successfully ringed on Wednesday evening with the following rings: Blue CU8 (BTO ring 1408283) and Blue CU9 (BTO 1401851) and both thought to be female.

The blue Darvic rings were placed on the left leg, the BTO silver rings on the right. CU8 weighed 1.74kg and CU9 was 1.89kg. They were both pretty lively on the ground and one had to be held to prevent her making a run for it. Karl Munday (Head Ranger) was nipped a few times on the hand by one of the feisty chicks.

The nest is getting quite crowded with the growing chicks and the adults. Both adults have been bringing in sticks to make the nest bigger. Come down to Threave Estate and see these amazing birds for yourself.

CU9 - Weighing 1.89 kg.

Osprey Ranger Tom Hall holding one of the female chicks.

Ciril replacing the female chicks back into the nest.

Young female osprey chick being ringed. 

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