‘Eggsiting’ times at Loch Arkaig osprey nest

Loch Arkaig osprey mum Dorcha protects her new arrival.

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The first osprey egg of the season was laid at Loch Arkaig Pine Forest in Lochaber on Sunday April 24 at 22:05pm.

Louis has been the site’s osprey dad since 2017. He paired up with new mate Dorcha for the first time last year. Woodland Trust Scotland has operated a nest camera supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery each summer since 2017.

Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: ‘It’s lovely news to hear there is an egg on the osprey nest at Loch Arkaig Pine Forest.

‘I’m sure people will now be glued to the livestream to enjoy this amazing natural spectacle. We are delighted player support allows so many people to enjoy this aspect of wild forest life – wherever they are.’

The livestreams can be viewed at a dedicated page on the Woodland Trust website:  https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/osprey-cam/

A second egg is expected midweek with a third likely towards the end of the week with the chicks due to hatch in May.

Woodland Trust Scotland and Arkaig Community Forest bought the site in 2016 from Forest Enterprise Scotland under the National Forest Land Scheme. Their aim is to restore native woodland habitats; re-connect people with the management and stewardship of the site and use the woods to underpin sustainable rural development in nearby Achnacarry, Bunarkaig and Clunes.

Work began over the winter to remove 70,000 tonnes of non-native timber from the forest, freeing up the remaining ancient Caledonian pines to recolonise with their offspring.

Main photograph: Loch Arkaig osprey mum Dorcha protects her new arrival. NO_F18_LochArkaigOspreys_FirstEgg2022 02