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Osprey book tells lovebirds' tale
The three osprey chicks
The famous pair have successfully raised 10 chicks
A new book telling the story of the Lake District's famous pair of ospreys and their chicks has been published.

The Lakeland Ospreys, by David Ramshaw, tells the tale of how artificial nests were created to encourage the pair to stay and breed near Bassenthwaite Lake.

It is published as staff and volunteers at the Lake District Osprey Project await the return of the birds.

When the ospreys return, the team will mount a 24-hour guard to make sure they are not disturbed by egg collectors.

The Lake District Osprey Project is a partnership between the RSPB, The Forestry Commission and the Lake District National Park Authority and was set up in the winter of 2000.

The birds return each year to Cumbria and have so far raised 10 chicks.

'Great souvenir'

The project team first went into action when the birds returned in April 2001, mounting a 24-hour watch on the nest.

A live video link, with pictures transmitted to a large screen at the Forestry Commission' s Whinlatter Visitor Centre, began two years later.

Last year 90,000 visits were made to Cumbria's osprey viewpoints.

The book costs 5.00 and the project will receive 2.00 from each sale to go towards running costs.

Pete Barron of the project said: "Thousands of people who come to see the ospreys every year are keen to find out more about the birds and this book will be a great souvenir of their visit and help to answer many of their questions."

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