Loch Arkaig Osprey Cam

Thank you to everyone who joined us this summer to watch osprey pair Louis and Aila raise their first chick Lachlan, on the shores of Loch Arkaig. Our birds have now migrated to West Africa and the camera has been turned off for the winter.

When the Woodland Trust first installed the camera in March 2017, there was no guarantee the nest would attract an osprey pair. But we have certainly not been disappointed! 

The live feed has given us a real insight into the lives of these fascinating birds allowing experts and novices alike to learn much about osprey behaviour. Enthusiastic viewers from around the world have also told us how much they’ve enjoyed the show. 

That’s why we are delighted to announce that thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery the Trust aims to make the osprey cam live feed available again in 2018. So pending the return of ospreys to Loch Arkaig pine forest, we can look forward to another season of watching and learning. 

Our hardworking team of volunteers have snipped interesting nest footage throughout the summer. It’s thanks to their huge effort we are able to bring to you the short film below. It charts the progress of new parents Louis and Aila and the speedy development of their cheeky offspring Lachie. Enjoy.

Thanks to Wildlife Windows for their help installing this camera and to players of People's Postcode Lottery for making it all possible. 

Of course native wildlife relies on healthy habitats to thrive. Our work to restore Loch Arkaig’s ancient Caledonian pine forest is helping to connect habitats and provide homes for wildlife.

If you would like to contribute to restoring Loch Arkaig's ancient Caledonian pine forest please support our appeal. 

Want to see more?

Take a look at this series of short film clips which highlights significant events in the life of our Loch Arkaig 2017 osprey family.

Huge thanks to our volunteers who contributed hundreds of hours of their own time to compile these clips. You have helped us learn much.

 

Did you know?

  • In flight an osprey's long broad wings are held out at a slight angle forming an amazing ‘M’ shape.
  • Osprey can fly as far as a whopping 430km in a single day during migration.
  • The typical lifespan of an osprey is nine years.
  • Some osprey in Scotland even nest on electricity pylons!
  • An osprey can close its nostrils to stop water getting up its nose.

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