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The arrival of our Scotland’s oldest breeding osprey

It is at this time every year that wildlife enthusiasts hold their breath to see whether the birds who spend their summers here arrive safely. This is definitely the case for Scotland’s beloved ospreys.

It was therefore with great relief the the female osprey who has bred consecutively for 20 years was spotted for the first time at Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Nature Reserve near Dunkeld in Perthshire yesterday. Ospreys travel from Africa each Spring to rear their young in Scotland and this bird is thought to be oldest breeding female of its kind ever recorded in the UK.

We now just have to wait to see whether her mate arrives too.

You can keep up to speed with the ospreys at Loch of the Lowes by following Loch of the Lowes  blog. The birds can be seen on the nest via a live webcam – click here to access it.

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