The Tweed Valley Osprey Project
The Tweed Valley Osprey Project aims to protect nesting ospreys and encourage them to settle and breed in suitable locations in the area. By doing so, we hope to improve people’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of these spectacular birds.
You can get closer to these magnificent birds at the osprey watch centres, catch a glimpse of them right here on the web cam, and follow news of their adventures on the Tweed Valley Osprey Project blog.
Osprey watch centres
There are two osprey watch centres where you can see the birds on live camera feeds:
Live Glentress feed
See if you can spot the ospreys on the live feed below (note the feed is only live during daylight hours in osprey season from Easter to August):
Background to the project
Although ospreys first returned to Scotland to breed in 1954, it was over 40 years later that the first birds were seen summering in the Scottish Borders. Even then, it took a helping hand from Forestry Commission Scotland rangers, together with the local Police Wildlife Liaison Officer and the RSPB to encourage our first pair settle and breed here.
In the late 1990s, a number of artificial nest platforms were erected in safe locations within the Tweed Valley Forest Park in the hope ospreys returning on migration would find the area an attractive place to breed. Osprey conservation has always been a secretive business, yet the TVOP wanted to allow people to share in their success story without compromising the safety of the birds from egg collectors.
The solution was to place a camera at the nest and provide live footage of the birds as they raised their family. In partnership with Kailzie Gardens, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Tweed Forum developed the osprey watch centres at Kailzie and Glentress. Cameras were set up on an artificial nesting platform, and the first images of the nest were beamed back in April 2004.
For more information on the project, or if you would like to be a Volunteer Osprey Watch guide, contact Tweed Valley Osprey Project via the Dumfries and Borders Forest District office.
Other osprey projects
Between March and September you can watch the Aberfoyle Ospreys nesting via our live feed, or by visiting the wildlife room at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre for the chance to observe the birds in their natural environment