Osprey on nest copyright RSPB

Osprey Watch

The osprey is a fish-eating bird of prey with a five-foot wingspan. There was no record of osprey nests in England since the 1830s, until a pair arrived in the Lake District in 2001.

Since then the birds have spent the winter in Africa and returned in the spring to nest and rear their chicks. The ospreys usually arrive around April, and stay until early September when they migrate back to Africa.

Vist the Ospreys at Bassenthwaite

You can see the ospreys from viewpoints at Dood Wood with knowledgable volunteers on hand with telescropes and binoculars during the breeding season.  Whinlatter Visitor Centre by Bassenthwaite Lake also has a camera beaming in live pictures from the osprey's nest.

Latest osprey news

Osprey Watch has the latest news, pictures and tracking of the birds as they migrate.

The partnership

The return of the ospreys was the result of several years work with our partners: the Forestry Commission and the RSPB. We erected artificial nest platforms at Dodd Wood near Bassenthwaite Lake, now a National Nature Reserve, and the ospreys chose to nest on one of them.

How you can help

This project is delivered in partnership with the charity Lake District Foundation. They work with visitors and tourism-related businesses to fundraise for local conservation projects and to promote environmentally sustainable tourism.