On Wednesday 30th July some staff and volunteers from the Kielder Osprey Project had a trip to Bassenthwaite to exchange ideas with the Lake District Osprey Project team. We started by admiring the screens and set up at Whinlatter Visitor Centre. The two chicks were visible on the live video feed from the nest and there was a second video screen showing a DVD of the 2 chicks being ringed and satellite tagged. More information about this can be found on the Lake District Osprey blog here.
After a good lunch in the Siskin Cafe we had a meeting to learn more about the history of the Lake District Project and to exchange experiences of setting up osprey projects and the challenges of maintaining infrastructure to allow the public to view the birds and ideas for fundraising to keep the projects going.
The Lake District team had laid on some fantastic weather for us so we were then taken on a guided tour of the 2 public viewpoints in Dodd Wood. The ospreys played their part by showing themselves. The 2 chicks were in the nest, one of the adults was in a tree behind the nest and the other parent flew in to the nest for a visit. The views over Bassenthwaite and the hills behind were superb. A great day out was had by all.