Hopefully the Osprey Watch point at Leaplish will be open for the bank holiday weekend at the end of May. Today the volunteers have had a training day to sort out any start of season teething problems and to train up new volunteers.
The facilities at the Boat Inn have been upgraded. There is now a small screen inside the Inn which is located near the doors to the patio. More people will be able to watch events unfold on the nest than when the screen was located in the small alcove near the bar. There is also a large screen outside to show images from the nestcam. There are still a few issues with the operation of the screens, and the nestcam link to Nest 1. We are currently unsure when the problems with the camera link will be resolved. We will update the About 2013 page when opening times and days are finalised.
We had a very brief sighting of (probably) the female as she popped her head up above the side of the nest and an osprey was spotted flying around the lake whilst we were waiting for lunch. For some of the new volunteers it was their first sight of an osprey, so a thrill! It quickly started to rain so the telescopes were out for just a short while.
We had some interesting talks on other facilities available for visitors in the area. Those looking to combine adventure activities with their bird watching could consider stopping off at the Calvert Trust site. The Calvert Trust charity was set up to provide respite care and adventure activities for people with disabilities but they cater for everyone.