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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.

07 August 2013

Threave Osprey Update:

The two young female ospreys are now being more adventurous and you may see them out practice - fishing on the reserve if you are lucky.

The male (ozzie) and female (Olivia) are still feeding the two juveniles. Later on they will feed the chicks less to encourage them to hunt. The male will also teach them to hunt. A young osprey has to learn quick as they soon migrate south to West Africa in early September. Sometimes they learn to hunt on the journey south. Luckily we have a very experienced father and he will teach his offspring well.

Threave Wildlife update:

Still plenty of beautiful butterflies enjoying the sunny weather. Two kingfishers were seen this morning whilst we were showing a French group the osprey. An amazing sight. A quick flash of blue. What a beautiful bird.

A lot of the resident swallows at Threave are having their second brood. You can watch the parents feed the young as you come into the reserve. They are nesting in the toilet block. It's great for your kids to see.

Enjoy the good weather.

Over and out.

Osprey Ranger

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