Ospreys at Kielder
2019 is the 11th successive year of ospreys breeding in Kielder Forest. All the birds returned safely from migration to southern climes. Last year saw the establishment of a fifth breeding pair, and this year there are now SIX pairs of ospreys with at least sixteen eggs between them. All are on nest platforms erected by Forestry England. Eggs will hatch from late May into June.
Even more exciting is the discovery that Blue UV, a 2014 male offspring of the Nest 1A pair, has built a nest and is trying to attract a female. UV was one of the first Kielder chicks to be fitted with a satellite tag (no longer working), so we know he winters in northern Senegal and has returned to northern England each year since 2016. If he is successful, he will be the first known Kielder hatched osprey to breed in the Forest.
Every year, once the ospreys return to Kielder, Northumberland Wildlife Trust coordinates a team of knowledgeable volunteers who share their expertise with visitors from the viewing point situated behind the Boat Inn at Kielder Waterside. As with previous years, Osprey Watch will be situated at the cabin behind the Boat Inn between 10.30am - 5:00pm every Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday Monday (and extra Wednesdays in July and August) from Saturday 20th April until Sunday 18th August.
You can support Osprey Watch by donating via the link below.
Between late March and early September visitors using the Lakeside Way may see ospreys hunting over the water, The birds use all parts of the reservoir, but some favourite areas are either side of the water at the dam, the area between Bull Crag and Leaplish Bay, and Leaplish Bay itself. The ospreys regularly hunt soon after first light and again in the early evening, around 17.30-18.00, but can be active at any time of the day. As the breeding season goes on, more fish will be required by ever-hungry growing chicks. So June-August are the peak months, giving the best chance of seeing this magnificent bird plunge into the water and emerge with a fish
You can follow the progress of the Kielder ospreys by visiting the blog at, http://kielderospreys.wordpress.com.
Photo: Simon Mackie. Blagdon Lake. Somerset 31.3.13
What you said:
“Great to see the male and female together.” – Murray family, County Durham
“Fantastic to see such a rare sight!” – Lindsay Kemp, Isle of Wight
"Wonderful! Really excellent information.” – Margaret Clate, Newcastle
“Very knowledgeable guide. Great to see the ospreys. Thanks!!” – Dawn Livesey, Lancashire
Kielder Osprey Watch is possible thanks to the hard work of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, Forestry Commission, RSPB, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water and other partners. We would like to thank Bellingham Fund and Northumberland National Park Area Action Fund for their support this year which has funded volunteer support and leaflets to improve the visitor experience.