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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 August 2013

Threave Osprey Update: The female has departed.

The Osprey Viewing Platform at Threave Nature Reserve.

The male osprey, Black 80 being mobbed by crows.

Threave Osprey News:

We believe the female (Olivia) has departed south on her journey to West Africa. The last time she was seen was on Sunday night by myself and 3 volunteers.

The female is the first to leave the nest site as she wants to get some peace away from the juvenile. She will take roughly up to a month to get to West Africa, stopping at different lakes and rivers enroute to rest and... refuel on fish. She will even have to fly over part of the Sahara desert, which is the world's hottest desert, no mean feat!

So now we are down to just three resident osprey. The male will be making sure the juvenile are well fed and can hunt for fish. Black 80 (Ozzie) is an experienced male and will teach the two young female how to hunt. Already we have had views of the juvenile diving for fish from Castle Hide.

So come down to Threave Nature Reserve and see if you can see these spectacular birds before they depart for West Africa.

If you are interested in learning more about bats, why not book yourself a bat walk on a Thursday night at Threave Estate. Please phone 01556 503702 or check out Threave Bat Reserve for more information.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Osprey Ranger

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