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Trio of eggs confirmed for Lakes ospreys

Last modified: 22 April 2016

Male osprey soaring

Ospreys nesting at Bassenthwaite are continuing to impress

Image: Emyr Evans

Issued by the Lake District Osprey Project

A partnership between The Forestry Commission, the RSPB and the Lake District National Park


Following their return at Easter, the popular pair of ospreys nesting at Bassenthwaite are continuing to impress, with female osprey KL laying three eggs in six days.

Members of the Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP) confirmed a hat-trick of eggs are now being looked after by the ospreys – ringed female KL and an unringed male, believed to be the same male osprey that has returned to Bassenthwaite for the fourth year running.

Footage from a nest camera confirmed the first egg was laid on 12 April, with another following on 15 April and a third egg confirmed on 17 April.

Jon Carter, of the LDOP, said:“We’re delighted that KL has laid three eggs again this year. She will incubate them for around 35-40 days before the chicks hatch, while the male brings in fish for her, so it is an ideal time for people to come to see these incredible birds from the viewing points at Dodd Wood or Whinlatter.”

Osprey fans around the world can keep an eye on the action from the nest by following the webcam on the LDOP homepage and get the latest news at, at, or by following on Twitter @lakelandosprey.

To watch the ospreys in action, visitors can join a dedicated team of LDOP staff and volunteers at the viewpoint at Dodd Wood every day from 10 am-5 pm until the end of August, and at Whinlatter Visitor Centre every day from 10 am-5 pm, where visitors can also watch live nest cam images on flat screen televisions.

Since the LDOP began in 2001, the ospreys have nested successfully at Bassenthwaite every year, raising nearly 30 chicks, while over 1.5 million people have visited the project.

To help support the project, people can also now donate at

For further information contact:

Annabel Rushton, Lake District Osprey Project, 01524 581026, 07793 902590

Nathan Fox, Lake District Osprey Project, 017687 78127


Kelly Gimson, Lake District Osprey Project, 07595 655020

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