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Double hatching for osprey pair
Ospreys at Bassenthwaite
The three eggs were laid six days apart
A pair of Lake District ospreys have hatched two chicks in one night, amid hopes a third may soon be on the way.

Wardens monitoring the nest at Bassenthwaite Lake spotted the new arrivals early on Saturday morning.

It is unusual for two eggs to hatch so close together as there is usually a gap of at least a day.

There were earlier fears that the arrival of a new female osprey very late in the breeding season, might result in no chicks this year.

In previous years, the chicks have hatched out before the end of May.

Graeme Prest, of The Lake District Osprey Project, said: "We have been waiting with bated breath for the first egg to hatch for the last few days so to wake up this morning and hear that there are two chicks in the nest is fantastic news.

"The male will now be kept very busy providing fish for the two chicks and his mate, and of course we are hoping for a third chick."

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