Tag Archives: bird of prey

Red Kite Reintroduction Flying High At Argaty

Spent yesterday afternoon at the Argaty Red Kite hide and would highly recommend a visit to Central Scotland’s only feeding station for these impressive raptors. Situated on a working farm, it’s a great example of wildlife conservation and farming coexisting and providing a valuable source of tourism revenue to the local economy.  Between 1989 and 2009, RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage conducted an ambitious reintroduction project for this severely persecuted species, having become extinct in Scotland as a breeding bird during the late 19th Century following their once widespread population becoming decimated by sporting estates, egg collectors and taxidermy. With their help, Lerrocks Farm continues to play a vital role in their revival, through supplementary feeding and education. Continue reading Red Kite Reintroduction Flying High At Argaty

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The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project

Southern Scotland could once again become a stronghold for this majestic raptor, following over £1 million of funding having now been secured by the initiative from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project seeks to substantially boost their numbers in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, with just three breeding pairs believed to exist in the regions currently. If the plans come to fruition, a further sixteen breeding pairs could be released, reinforcing what is a most precarious population. Continue reading The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project

Osprey Watch Update


I had my latest afternoon of volunteering yesterday at the Tweed Valley Osprey Watch centre beside Glentress Forest in the Scottish Borders.  Upon arrival I was astounded by how much the lone chick had grown since I last observed it six days previously.  Its two siblings sadly perished from heat exposure almost a month ago during a particularly hot spell of weather.  The inexperienced mother failed to shield them from the sun at critical times and was far from attentive to the surviving chick.  Nevertheless, its future now looks very promising; having benefited from a steady supply of fish – including a pike –  from the mature male who has once again proven himself to be an adept hunter.

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OSPREY WATCH UPDATE

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Had an enjoyable second afternoon of volunteering today at the Kailzie Gardens’ Tweed Valley Osprey Project.  Our resident female has now been incubating eggs for a couple of weeks and after approximately 37 days of incubation, we should have three new additions to the Osprey family.  Once again, I was impressed with the level of enthusiasm and knowledge demonstrated by members of the public who visited, many of whom are regulars to the site.

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OSPREY WATCH VOLUNTEERING

Ospreys, Hawks, Birds, Flying, Flapping, Wings, Nest

I had my first afternoon of osprey volunteering a couple of days ago and very interesting it was too.  The Tweed Valley Osprey Project is based near my home town of Peebles in the Scottish Borders, and is a partnership between the Forestry Commission Scotland and Kailzie Gardens.  Up until last year, it also had operational support from the RSPB.  These persecuted raptors became extinct in Britain around 1916, largely due to egg collection.  It wasn’t until 1954 that a pair returned naturally to the Highlands from Scandinavia and a further forty years before they were once again seen back in this region after an absence of more than a century.

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