Clean-up for nests ahead of ospreys

Forestry Commission rangers are urging people to look to the sky in north Northumberland for signs of incoming ospreys.

The iconic creature – extinct in England for over 150 years – has bred successfully every season in Kielder Water and Forest Park since 2009, producing 12 chicks from two nests.

Now the clock is ticking on the much-anticipated return of the adult birds, with the male hopefully arriving back by the end of the month and the female following soon after for a romantic reunion.

To ensure a warm welcome, rangers visited the oldest osprey nest in the park to do a spring clean.

Not only was the nest re-decked with fresh moss and vegetation, but new high-definition CCTV cameras were installed to provide the clearest picture yet of the historic nest for nature lovers at Kielder Castle and Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park.