09
Aug
19

More osprey chicks released at Poole Harbour, Dorset

Some welcome conservation news…..

The Poole Harbour Osprey Translocation Project has just released eleven healthy young birds as part of a five year plan to establish a breeding population on the south coast.

This year’s birds were collected from nests in Scotland (only from broods with multiple chicks) in mid-July and have spent the last few weeks being cared for around the clock by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. The birds were released from the aviaries at the weekend and are reported to be doing exceptionally well (see here).

[Osprey project team members Paul, Brittany & Lucy showing Lou Hubble (Head, National Wildlife Crime Unit) around the site last month. Photo by Ruth Tingay]

[Osprey #21 in fantastic condition inside the release aviary, being photo bombed by another. Photo by Lou Hubble, NWCU]

The project is jointly led by local charity Birds of Poole Harbour, The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and local Poole-based business Wildlife Windows. This is the third year of releases and already one of the 2017-released birds has returned to the harbour after a successful inaugural migration to West Africa and has been seen pair-bonding with an older female who originated from Rutland Water but has been hanging out in Poole since the project began.

The project team has built a number of artificial nest platforms around the harbour and hopes are high that next year will see the first breeding attempt.

As you might expect, these birds are attracting a huge amount of local public interest and support and Birds of Poole Harbour has hosted a number of special ‘Osprey Boat Cruises’ which have proved to be extremely popular. The boats go for a leisurely cruise around the harbour for a couple of hours with members of the project team on board to provide a commentary and help spot the ospreys (highly recommended – these trips are great fun). If you’d like to book you’d better be quick – book here.

Congratulations to everyone involved with this excellent project and fingers crossed that all the hard work will pay off next year with at least one breeding attempt.

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3 Responses to “More osprey chicks released at Poole Harbour, Dorset”


  1. 1 Alan Johnson
    August 9, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Don’t wish to be negative, but I thought I read that the project had a serious problem last season with birds succumbing to illness. Am I correct and are they on top of this now?

    [Ed: You’re right, Alan, they had a serious problem last season, thought to have been exacerbated by the heat wave. As a result the project has overhauled every single procedure this year, including moving sites, and this year’s birds looked in superb condition when I saw them a couple of weeks ago]

  2. 3 Angus Maciver
    August 9, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Stuart Good news for your area

    On Fri, 9 Aug 2019, 14:05 Raptor Persecution UK, wrote:

    > RaptorPersecutionUK posted: “Some welcome conservation news….. The Poole > Harbour Osprey Translocation Project has just released eleven healthy young > birds as part of a five year plan to establish a breeding population on the > south coast. This year’s birds were collected from ” >


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