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Wildlife: Osprey alert at North West nature reserves

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Wildlife: Osprey alert at North West nature reserves

ALL ABUZZ: Osprey sightings have recently caused a stir (Image: Darin Smith)

We’ve all been in turmoil in Brockholes for the past few weeks with three ospreys visiting our wildlife sanctuary.

A couple just entered the reserve just off the M6 ​​at Prestonwhile a younger bird hunted and hunted in the lakes and nearby River Ribble.

The thought that this magnificent bird of prey will find a home in the North West is just too exciting to contemplate and we’ve had a few close encounters in recent years, with other sightings in Wigan and West Lancashire.

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About 10 years ago, Electricity North West erected a telegraph pole at Brockholes and placed a nesting platform, a high-rise condominium for ospreys.

A few of them did research, but in that decade we only had birds invading when they went north to Cumbria or Scotland in the spring or to Africa in the fall.

Two years ago, an osprey chased from its territory in North Lancashire spent quite a few weeks hunting the Ribble and Brockholes.

RARE Sighting: An osprey on a highway bridge (Image: Darren Leen, National Highways)

This bird looked like it was hanging out.

Unfortunately, a foolish person who illegally pushed a bicycle over the emergency lane scared the bird and was hit by a truck and died.

To make matters worse, someone stopped to collect the body with the intention of having it stuffed up, but they were asked to hand it over so authorities could investigate its death. There’s nothing like a contender, eh?

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This was devastating, but proved that ospreys are now looking to the northwest as possible breeding grounds for the future.

The nearest nest at present is Foulshaw Moss, a Cumbria Wildlife Trust nature reserve, near Ulverston.

Ospreys hunt for fish, dynamically catching them as they dive for lakes and lakes, extending their claws and scooping the fish out of the water with ease. It’s amazing to see.

EN ROUTE TO AFRICA: An osprey will now pass (Image: Darin Smith)

The Osprey is a brown and white bird that is often mistaken for a large gull from a distance.

It is a large bird of prey with dark brown upperparts and contrasting white underparts that may appear mottled in females.

It has a white head with a dark brown mask around its yellow eyes.

Just about now, ospreys are heading for wintry warmth in West Africa.

Some have been known to fly more than 250 miles a day, making 20 stops along the way.

So the fall refueling visits to our locations in Brockholes, Mere Sands Wood and Wigan Flashes are very important in preparation for the flight.

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Traditionally, the osprey has been a water bird in the Lake District, Scotland and Wales, but they join red kites and are more commonly seen in our region.

Let’s hope our three ospreys return to Brockholes in the spring and settle in their high-rise apartment, then watch the birdwatchers flock from far and wide.


The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is committed to protecting and promoting wildlife in Lancashire, seven boroughs of Greater Manchester and four of Merseyside, all of which lie north of the River Mersey.

It manages approximately 40 wildlife sanctuaries and 20 local wildlife sanctuaries spanning acres of forest, wetland, upland and meadow, and has 29,000 members and more than 1,200 volunteers.

To join the Trust, go to the website.

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