The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve has been home to breeding ospreys since 1969.
2015 marked the start of a new chapter in osprey conservation at Loch of the Lowes with the arrival of a new breeding female. For the first time in a remarkable 24 year period, the previous female affectionately known as “Lady” failed to return, but her place was quickly taken by a younger bird who settled in and bonded well with our male. Unfortunately because she is not ringed we do not know anything about her age, origin or breeding history. All we do know is she arrived at Lowes in great condition and has proven to be a fantastic mother, raising 3 healthy chicks to fledging with the help of her partner.
This year, this same female (LF15) has returned for her second breeding season, and is currently incubating 3 eggs which were laid on the 12th, 15th and 18th April. The current male has been breeding at Lowes since 2012. Like the female, he too is unringed so apart from looking relatively young we do not know anything about his past history either. He has replaced the previous male (known as Green 7Y as this is his Darvic ring number) who nested here in 2010 and 2011.
Despite the success and excitement of the last 2 years, the contribution made by the previous female will never be forgotten, as there is no doubting this incredible female’s importance in terms of breeding success and as an ambassador for osprey conservation in Scotland. Just let the statistics speak for themselves.
- Estimated age: 28 years (the average lifespan of an osprey is approximately 10-15 years)
- Number of eggs laid in her lifetime: 71
- Number of chicks fledged from her nest: 50
- Estimated number of miles travelled in her lifetime: 129,000 miles (journey from West Africa to Perthshire is approx. 3,000 miles)