Osprey Watch gearing up for return of the birds

As wildlife lovers in the region eagerly await the return of ospreys to Kielder, Osprey Watch is also getting ready to launch. 

As with previous years, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, part of the Kielder Osprey Project, will be running regular weekend Osprey Watch events from its cabin behind the Boat Inn at Northumbrian Water’s Landal Kielder Waterside.

This year’s operating hours are from 11:00 to 16:00 and the first Watch will be on Saturday 25 April. It will end on Sunday 16 August.

As with previous years, the fantastic osprey cruises with Calvert Kielder will be running from 23 May to 23 August. To book a place call: 01434 250232.

Breeding pairs of ospreys have nested in Kielder between March and September since 2009, with activity on the nest peaking from June to August as chicks hatch and develop rapidly, fledging in late July and early August

Osprey Watch is a great way to find out more about this charismatic and rare bird of prey. The Watch is delivered almost entirely by volunteers and is a great way to meet new people and experience the beautiful Kielder landscape.

Last year, 34 volunteers provided sterling support from April to August, whatever the weather and welcomed 4,792 visitors.

Anybody wanting to join the wonderful Osprey Watch team of volunteers can register their interest at www.nwt.org.uk/volunteer.

No previous experience is required as a training day will be held at Kielder on Thursday 12 March prior to the season starting and new volunteers will always be in the company of experienced volunteers who will be on hand to assist.

The Kielder Osprey Project is a partnership between Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, Forestry England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water and Calvert Kielder. 

Image by: Peter Cairns/2020VISION

Osprey Watch gearing up for return of the birds