Places to see birds

Dodd Wood/Whinlatter/Bassenthwaite- Lake District Osprey Project.

http://www.ospreywatch.co.uk

Osprey in larch tree

More information about the project and how to see the birds can be found on the Lake District Osprey Project website, see links below. This is a good site to add to your favourites for daily updates of progress at the nest site and webcam images. During the Osprey season the Osprey Bus(74 & 74A) operates from Keswick with various stops of interest including Silver Meadows-see other places to see birds. Over 60's with bus pass go free.

On the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake there is a public hide provided by the Lake District National Park at Grid Ref. NY225265. Access to the hide can be made from Powter How car park Grid Ref. NY 221264. Go straight ahead through the gate into Powter How wood. Follow this path and take a right turn down to the lake via an underpass under the A66. The path to the hide is through the kisssing gate immediatly on the right as you leave the underpass.
Powter How woods offer good sightings on the way through such as blackcap, chiff chaff and willow warbler. The hide looks across the shallower waters of the south end of Bassenthwaite the favourite fish hunting place for the osprey. A great place to see wintering and resident waterfowl. This end of the lake is also the haunt of the elusive water rail and otter.