In 2009 it was the first time on record that a pair of ospreys had recolonised naturally in Northumberland after over 200 years of absence. To our and many visitors' delight, the ospreys (although not now the original pair) continue to return every spring and successfully breed. Even more special, since 2011 we have had two breeding pairs!
Between 2009 and 2012 we watched three chicks successfully fledge. In 2013, a record number of four chicks fledged from the two nests.
At the start of the 2013 season we were able to confirm the identity of the two breeding males and amazingly they are brothers born in Glaslyn, Wales. They are nesting less than ten miles apart but over 200 miles from where they hatched.
We can confirm two pairs of breeding ospreys are back in 2014.
Read the osprey blog for the most up to date news and to check what days the volunteers are here when Osprey Watch begins in 2014 (usually May/June depending on when the adults return to nest).
You can support the Osprey Watch by following the link below to donate.
Photo: Simon Mackie. Blagdon Lake. Somerset 31.3.13
What you said:
“Great to see the male and female together.” – Murray family, County Durham
“Fantastic to see such a rare sight!” – Lindsay Kemp, Isle of Wight
"Wonderful! Really excellent information.” – Margaret Clate, Newcastle
“Very knowledgeable guide. Great to see the ospreys. Thanks!!” – Dawn Livesey, Lancashire
Kielder Osprey Watch is possible thanks to the hard work of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, Forestry Commission, RSPB, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water and other partners. We would like to thank Bellingham Fund and Northumberland National Park Area Action Fund for their support this year which has funded volunteer support and leaflets to improve the visitor experience.