Osprey chicks hatch in Northumberland

The first mouthful of fish at Kielder for a young osprey chick.
The first mouthful of fish at Kielder for a young osprey chick.

The first osprey chicks in 2015 have hatched on the Forestry Commission-managed sites at Kielder.

Kielder Forest’s army of volunteers were rewarded for all their hard work when the first chick hatched at 9.40am last Friday.

By Sunday, there were two chicks hatched on each of Kielder Nests 1 and 2 plus one on Kielder Nest 3.

First sight of the new Kielder chick was captured by the Kielder Nestcam which can be viewed at Kielder Castle café at the Visitor Centre. Stills can be also be seen on the Kielder Ospreys blog maintained by dedicated volunteers – https://kielderospreys.wordpress.com/

Since their recolonisation to the natural environment in 2009, the Kielder ospreys have become one of the forest’s most popular residents attracting thousands of visitors. Before their recolonisation, the ospreys had not been observed in Northumberland for nearly 200 years largely due to persecution in earlier centuries.

Kielder Water & Forest Park has been deemed the perfect environment for the recolonisation ospreys to thrive given that there is 250sq miles of forest and northern Europe’s largest man-made lake surrounding the birds.

Tom Dearnley, ecologist with the Forestry Commission, said: “This is terrific news and goes to show that Kielder Water & Forest Park really is the ideal environment to nurture the new generation of ospreys. This is turning out to be a great year for ospreys right across the north and we look forward to watching these chicks grow in strength before ringing them before departure.”