Within just one week, a pair of returning ospreys have welcomed three new arrivals at the Loch of the Lowes reserve: something that volunteers were very excited to see. The hatching of the third chick was caught on camera and can be viewed online.

The webcam feed trained on the nest has been viewed nearly 500,000 times since the female osprey returned to the reserve on 22nd March.

Charlotte Fleming, Perthshire Ranger, Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “We’re delighted that our pair of ospreys has successfully hatched another brood of three chicks in their second season at Loch of the Lowes. They are excellent parents and plenty of food is being brought back to the nest to help the hungry young ones quickly grow into adult birds.

Over the weekend visitors to the reserve have been treated to spectacular displays as the male osprey fought off intruding ospreys and crows. One osprey managed to land on the nest briefly before it was chased away. The two parents have been filmed working together to ensure their brood is well-fed and looked-after.

Once extinct in the UK, there are now around 240 breeding pairs of ospreys thanks to the efforts of nature conservation charities including the Scottish Wildlife Trust, whose Osprey Protection Programme is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “A staggering number of people have viewed the webcam supported by our players, which just goes to show how popular these beautiful birds are. Ospreys are rarer than golden eagles so their conservation is vitally important, so it’s great that people can follow the development of the chicks every step of the way.

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The third osprey at Loch of the Lowes wildlife reserve is fed by its mother