As part of its wider role, the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust works to enhance visitors’ appreciation of the wildlife. ‘Living Wild at Kielder‘ is a Heritage Lottery funded project aiming to increase opportunities for people to experience and learn more about the natural world.
Katy Cook, Kielder Living Landscape Manager, describes an initative flowing from the project. “This year, we have decided to give the chicks local names. All of the 2017 chicks will have names beginning with ‘A’. In 2018, the chicks will have names beginning with ‘B’ and so on. We hope that this will help the Kielder Osprey Project appeal to a wider audience who may be able to identify more closely with named individuals.
The chicks on Nest 1A, ringed earlier this week, have been named Amble (Blue Y9) , Ayle (Blue 8P) and Acton (Blue 6P).”
Amble is a small town on the estuary of the River Coquet, where ospreys are sometimes seen on migration. Ayle is the name of a village and burn in the North Pennines. Kielder ospreys often migrate along the line of the hills. Acton is a hamlet and burn of the same name, also in the North Pennines.
Katy took some lovely photos of the Nest 1A trio at ringing. Enjoy!