The osprey season at Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve has truly begun with the arrival of resident female osprey NC0 last week…
Webcam viewers got their first look at the female bird when she arrived on the nest shortly after 1pm. She could be heard loudly begging for food, hoping to receive a fish from her mate LM12 as the two ospreys reunite.
Sara Rasmussen, Perthshire Ranger, Scottish Wildlife Trust says, “NC0’s return means our season has truly begun. NC0 and LM12 are showing all the signs of an established pair and we have already seen mating attempts.
“Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, our staff and volunteers are raring to go. We’re ready to give these birds the round the clock protection that they need for a successful breeding season.”
NC0 was ringed at a nest near Loch Ness in 2016. She first bred with LM12 in 2020, and the pair successfully fledged one chick together. LM12 has breeding at the reserve since 2012.
Watch NC0 arrive at the nest in the video below…
The pair of mating ospreys reunite!
The male bird arrived at the reserve at 5pm on Sunday 21 March. Since then he has been working hard to prepare the nest for the season ahead, rearranging sticks and twigs and digging out a shallow nest cup.
Will Humpington, Advisor for Climate Change & Environment, People’s Postcode Lottery says, “Our players will be thrilled that LM12 and NC0 have reunited for a second season. We’re incredibly proud to support the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s work at Loch of the Lowes, which gives ospreys a safe place to nest and helps people to connect with the lives of these incredible birds.”
Ospreys were extinct in Britain for much of the 20th century. They began to recover in the 1960s and today an estimated 300 pairs breed in the UK each summer.
This recovery is thanks to the efforts of conservation charities including the Scottish Wildlife Trust, whose Osprey Protection Programme is supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve is currently closed to the public.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s live osprey webcam (CLICK HERE) ensures people from around the world can follow events as they happen.