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Experts to share osprey knowledge
Lake District osprey chick
Two osprey chicks were successfully fledged in Cumbria in 2005
Osprey experts from across the UK are meeting in Cumbria to explore ways of encouraging more of the birds to nest throughout the country.

Hosted by the Lake District Osprey Project, the two-day conference at Whinlatter will also discuss the role volunteers play in conservation.

In 2001, after a 150 year gap, the Bassenthwaite ospreys re-colonised England naturally.

Since then, a viewing project has provided a boost to the local economy.

Peter Barron, of the Lake District Osprey Project, said: "There are a number of organisations and individuals around the country working to encourage ospreys to nest in the UK.

"Meetings like this help us to share best practice and discuss new ideas.

"Our discussions will range from what is happening to osprey numbers across the rest of Europe, to practical issues such as how to build nests that are most likely to attract the birds."




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