Tweed Valley osprey egg first in Scotland

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THE TWEED VALLEY is home to the first osprey egg in Scotland this year.

The birds of prey arrived back in the Borders on April 3 and Tweed Valley Osprey Project officials and volunteers are excited about the early breeding success.

Osprey information officer Diane Bennett said: “It’s been another year of pretty bad weather for them, but it seems that the ospreys are getting used to dealing with the cold and snow when they first return.

“This is the 10th season where they’ve come back to a sturdy nest, thanks to the work of Forestry Commission Scotland’s conservation rangers, and with this first egg, things are looking promising.

“One of our new volunteers spotted the egg on Friday and as you’d expect, the mother osprey has been fussing over it and has made sure that she’s found the best position for incubation.

“Hopefully there will be more eggs to come – but for now it’s all good news!”

Ospreys have been nesting in the Tweed Valley for more than 15 years.

The Tweed Valley Ospreys Project is a partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland, Kailzie Gardens and RSPB Scotland and the visitor centres, where the public can view footage of the raptors’ nests at Glentress Forest and Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles, have opened for the season. For more information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/tweedvalleyospreys.