Loch Arkaig osprey chicks christened with names

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After dozens of suggestions were submitted for names for the two young osprey chicks at Loch Arkaig, the Woodland Trust Scotland, which manages the forest, has picked the winners.

The names for the young birds will be Mallie and Rannoch – Mallie as the area where the nest is located is Glen Mallie and Rannoch to honour Woodland Trust volunteer Liz Bracken who watches the nest by telescope from across the loch.

Liz’s commentary covers the ospreys movements when they are off the nest – and she adds hugely to the experience of the webcam audience.

There has already been an osprey called Bracken, so with Liz’s agreement the trust used a Gaelicised version – Rannoch.