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, since 2011 we have had two breeding pairs while 2014 was a ground-breaking year for the Kielder Osprey project, with three nests established. To have three breeding pairs so close to each other was a new record in England.
Between 2009 and 2012 we watched three chicks successfully fledge. In 2013, four chicks fledged from two nests and in 2014 eight chicks were reared over the three nests. In 2015, we were again fortunate to have three nesting pairs, ten eggs were laid, and six juveniles fledged. Five of the breeding ospreys returned safely this year; on Nest 2 a new female, White EB, has filled the vacant slot. The Nest 1 pair have moved to a platform nearby.
For more up to date news about our ospreys, read the osprey blog.
Osprey Watch returns in late May or early June (depending on when Nest 1 chicks hatch) where visitors can meet our volunteer experts and learn about our iconic birds, while watching the action from the nest through live nestcams. Keep an eye on the website and the blog to find out more! Nestcams showing activity on Nests 1 and 2 can be seen at Kielder Castle Cafe from March until September.
You can also 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.