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Lake District Osprey Project

1 April to 1 September 2019

  • Binoculars and telescopes for hire
  • Video link
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Refreshments available
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Accessible site
Lake District osprey flying low over water with a fish in its talons

Image: The RSPB

We're home again for the holidays!

We're the first ospreys to breed in the Lake District for 150 years, and every summer we return to the National Park owned Bassenthwaite Lake to raise a new generation of chicks.

Come to the free viewpoints at Dodd Wood and see us soaring over the woods and fells, or swooping down to the water to fish.

And if watching me hunting out on the lake wasn't exciting enough, when you pop into the Forestry Commission's Whinlatter visitor centre you'll get to find out even more about me and my family life.

If I'm not around, there is still plenty to keep you entertained - siskins, nuthatches, finches and tits regularly come to the feeders, while red squirrels also like to hang out around the viewpoint.

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Visitor comments

Superb. Very helpful volunteers.


Wonderful experience.


When can you see us?

This Date with Nature is a partnership between the RSPB, the Forestry Commission and the Lake District National Park.

Friendly Osprey Project staff will be at the viewpoints in Dodd Wood daily, 10 am-5 pm. Please note that access to the upper viewpoint is closed from 4.30 pm.

The Forestry Commission Whinlatter visitor centre is also open daily, 10am - 5pm.

What's at the site?

If you are visiting the Dodd Wood viewpoint and need to arrange access, please contact us on 017687 78469 in advance (preferably a day before).

It is roughly a 20 minute walk between the two viewpoints, and it takes about 15 minutes to walk from the car park to the lower viewpoint.

How to find us

By road
Dodd Wood is about three miles north of Keswick on the A591 – limited car parking. From the car park, follow the trail signs to the viewpoint. For the Whinlatter visitor centre, take the B5292 from theA66 at Braithwaite. There will AA signs from the main roads.

Dodd Wood and Whinlatter are ideal to visit by bike. There are cycle racks at both sites.

By public transport
Whinlatter visitor centre and Dodd Wood are on bus routes, so you could leave your car behind and enjoy the Lake District scenery whilst travelling to view the ospreys and wildlife around Bassenthwaite Lake.

Still got some questions?

Telephone: Whinlatter Forest Park on 017687 78469