The Tweed Valley Osprey Project
The Tweed Valley Osprey Project (TVOP) aims to protect nesting ospreys and encourage them to settle and breed in suitable locations in the area. By doing so, the partners involved hope to improve people’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of these spectacular birds.
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.
The Osprey Watch Centres
In partnership with Kailzie Gardens, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Tweed Forum began developing two new 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.
More recently, high definition cameras have been installed, giving very high quality pictures from the nests. See if you can spot the ospreys on the live feed below.
For more information on the project and where to view the ospreys, or if you would like to be a Volunteer Osprey Watch guide, contact Tweed Valley Osprey Project through Dumfries and Borders Forest District.