Trust asks public to guess Osprey arrival time to win a VIP experience
The Scottish Wildlife Trust has issued an invitation to guess when the famous female Osprey, known affectionately by many as ‘Lady’, will arrive back in Perthshire for a record-breaking 25th year.
The bird has returned to the Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve, near Dunkeld to breed every year since 1991.
In that time she has laid 71 eggs and fledged 50 chicks, which possibly makes her Europe’s oldest and most prolific breeding Osprey.
As anticipation builds, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has launched a competition supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery to guess when ‘Lady’ might arrive.
The winner of the competition will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime, VIP Osprey Experience at Loch of the Lowes plus an osprey adoption pack.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust Perthshire Ranger, Charlotte Fleming, says: “Excitement is growing at Loch of the Lowes as we approach the time when our resident female Osprey usually returns.
“Her earliest arrival was on 20 March 2009 and her latest arrival was on 7 April 1991 (the first year she ever appeared), so it really is anyone’s guess.
“Time and again, despite the odds, she has surprised us, so we remain hopeful she will be back again.
“The Scottish Wildlife Trust is encouraging people to keep an eye on the nest by visiting Scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/ospreycam, as she could arrive at any time.”
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, says: “Players are in love with the story of the female Osprey at Loch of the Lowes and that makes supporting this competition all the more special.
“Our players will be watching the ospreycam to make sure they don’t miss her return.”
Every year, the webcam on the nest attract over a million viewers from 96 different countries including: Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and Kuwait.
A special feature has been launched this season giving viewers a chance to receive behind-the-scenes insights from the team at Loch of the Lowes.
You can enter the People’s Postcode Lottery Osprey Countdown by visiting scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey-countdown.