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Three eggs spotted at Lake District osprey nest

Bassenthwaite osprey
Experts hope the eggs will hatch in early June

A pair of nesting ospreys in the Lake District are looking after three eggs, experts have revealed.

The male, known as No Ring, came to Bassenthwaite in 2001 and was the first to nest in the Lakes for 150 years.

He has since raised nine broods with two different females and paired up with his most recent mate in 2007.

The Lake District Osprey Project team said the eggs appeared to have been laid over the past two weeks and were hopeful all would hatch.

The female osprey is now spending most of her time on the nest, incubating her eggs, which is likely to last a further month.

Christina Turtle of the Lake District Osprey Project said: "It is great news that there are three eggs safely in the nest and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that there will soon be three new mouths to feed in the nest."

Visitors to Bassenthwaite can watch them through high-powered telescopes at the Dodd Wood viewpoint, overlooking the lake.

Live images from the nest are also beamed to a big screen at the nearby Whinlatter visitor centre.

The osprey project is managed by a partnership of the Forestry Commission, Lake District National Park Authority and the RSPB.

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