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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.

21 August 2013

Threave Osprey Update:

The Ospreys are still at Threave Nature Reserve and we hope they will hang around into September. It all depends on weather conditions and the ability of the juvenile to catch fish.

Already some of my volunteers have been lucky enough to see the female juvenile diving for fish from Castle Hide. What an awesome sight. This bird is adapted to just hunt fish, a supreme predator.

On saturday the weather was horrible and we are lucky that this Summer was so glorious. This makes a big difference to the ospreys as the adults struggle to hunt in wet and windy conditions. Most raptors don't hunt in the heavy rain. The osprey would struggle to see the fish in high winds, forming bigger waves....

Other Wildlife Sightings:

Otter x2 - Stepping Stones Hide: 20/08
Field Vole x1 - 15/08:
Weasel x2 - Osprey Platform:
Lapwing x 100 - 06/08:
Swallows, house martin and sand martin flocking up on wires at Kelton Mains Farm.

Over and out. Osprey Ranger

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