‘Lady’ the Loch Of The Lowes Osprey thought to be the UK’s oldest breeding female has laid her first egg of the season.
The House of Bruar, the prestigious department store in Highland Perthshire, yesterday (Thursday) hosted an event for The Scottish Wildlife Trust, lead partner in the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project.
The partnership will raise funds and awareness for the project in Perthshire, stronghold of the native red squirrel. The project aims to halt the spread of grey squirrels from the south, through targeted grey squirrel control, protecting the iconic red squirrel. The House of Bruar will be donating a percentage of this weekend’s art gallery sales to support the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project.
The Saving Scotland‘s Red Squirrels project includes the fight to contain the threat from deadly squirrelpox disease in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
Since 1952, a staggering 95% of red squirrels have been wiped out south of the border. Without urgent action now, they could be gone from Scotland within our lifetime.
Scottish Wildlife Trust Chairman Allan Bantick said:
“This is a prestigious partnership for the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The area around the House of Bruar is critical to the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project. We hope that the guests at the exclusive event tonight appreciate the seriousness of our fight.
“More funding is urgently required to ensure the long term success of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project and the survival of the iconic red squirrel in Scotland. Money raised as part of our partnership with the House of Bruar is vital to continue trapping, monitoring and containing the threat of squirrelpox.
“Many thanks to those people who’ve already contributed to the project, both landowners whose land has been used and those who have contributed money.”
House of Bruar Managing Director Patrick Birkbeck said:
“We are very lucky to live in beautiful surroundings of which the wildlife plays such a big part. I am delighted to be in a position to offer support to The Scottish Wildlife Trust and I am glad that The House of Bruar can play a small part in raising awareness for such a worthy project.”
The recent poor weather is having an effect on Scotland’s wildlife, but the news isn’t all bad.
While the weather could have been harmful to ground nesting birds, some plant life is positively thriving. The BBC recently visited our Jupiter Urban Wildlife Garden to see for themselves.
Simon Milne, Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust said:
“In areas where there’s been heavy amounts of rainfall, it interferes with butterflies’ life cycle, meaning their lifespan is reduced and that causes problems with population numbers. Ground-nesting birds can be vulnerable to wet weather, with nests being flooded and chicks dying from the cold. Species such as grouse are particularly at risk.”
The effects could be short lived as wildlife is only really affected with prolonged bad weather. Scotland’s wildlife populations could recover if next spring is warmer and drier than this year.
Simon Milne said:
“Wildlife can be fairly resilient to wet and cold, as long as it’s not a constant pattern. We can get away with it for one year and populations can recover. However, if we have a second or third year of this sort of weather, it can have a huge impact.”
Concerns for the safety of a missing osprey chickÂ have been eased after a satellite tracked his tag.
Blue 44 was born to 27-year-old Lady eight weeks ago at the Loch of the Lowes reserve in Perthshire.
On Monday he took his first flight but despite searches by volunteers hasn’t been seen since.
However, staff at the Scottish Wildlife Trust said data from the bird’s tag had shown recent activity, suggesting the young bird is alive and well.
The trust said it was unusual for an osprey chick to fledge and not return to the nest within 24 hours, but not unheard of.
On some occasions the young birds are daunted by their first flight and reluctant to try again.
Staff suspect this is what happened to Blue 44.
They said they were optimistic following the new satellite information which showed the bird was moving and that the altitude meter indicated he was keeping to the tree tops.
The trust said they were now scaling back the searches in order to reduce the disruption to the area and hoped that would encourage Blue 44 to return to the nest.
Loch of the Lowes
A large freshwater loch with a diverse aquatic flora, fringed by areas of fen, reedbeds and semi-natural woodland.
The centre is run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and what a fantastic job they do, from warm,friendly staff who are most knowledgeable on all things wild, to the clean and vibrant wildlife centre which is right next to the various hides on the waters edge. You can observe the Osprey nest on the other side of the bank, while inside the top hide, is a live video-stream of a close-up of the nest.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a registered charity dedicated to conserving the wildlife and natural environment of Scotland. It has more than 120 reserves throughout Scotland with visitor centres at Loch of the Lowes (Perth and Kinross), Montrose Basin (Angus) and the Falls of Clyde (South Lanarkshire).
As well as providing homes for wildlife these sites are valuable places for people to interact with and enjoy wildlife. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is part of a trial reintroduction of the beaver to Scotland, begun in 2009. The Trial will run until 2014. The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s other major project is to protect the red squirrel in Scotland.
OSPREY’S ON LOCH OF THE LOWES
The chick continues to develop well and is getting so big it hardly fits under his mother- though the female will continue to use her body to shield it from the weather until it is fully feathered and more waterproof. You can check out the live video stream on the link below.
An osprey which is thought to be the UK’s oldest breeding female has hatched an egg at the LochoftheLowes wildlifereserve in Dunkeld.
The osprey ,known as Lady – hatched her 62nd egg on Mondaynight.
Almost 20,000 people were watching developments via webcam.
Lady has returned to the Loch of the Lowes reserve for 22 consecutive years, producing 48 chicks that have fledged.
She has laid three eggs this year.
The new chick is the first at the reserve since 2010. Lady’s eggs failed to hatch last year, despite being proved to be fertile.
Emma Rawling, a ranger for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said:
“To successfully fledge this number of eggs is a quite unbelievable achievement.
“We expect her to reach the milestone of 50 later in the week.
“We’ve had interest from all over the world and people visiting in their droves since the eggs were laid.”
She added that the chicks would be tagged to monitor the exact routes, timings and behaviours of the birds as they migrate.