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First osprey egg to be laid this year falls from nest

Ospreys have been nesting in the area for more than 15 years

Hopes for the arrival of a new osprey chick in Tweed Valley suffered a setback after the first egg to be laid went missing.

Experts found an egg, thought to be the first in the UK this year, had been laid by the ospreys on Monday.

It is believed high winds may have contributed to the egg falling from the nest.

However Diane Bennett, of the Tweed Valley Osprey Project, said there were signs the female had laid again.

She said the birds had built up loose nesting material which, combined with high winds, may have resulted in the egg ending up at the edge of the nest.

Stronger nest

"We think the parents then tried to roll the egg back into position but failed to do so," she added.

"The good news is of course that we think that the female has laid again and that ospreys have continued to build up the nest further and it looks much stronger."

The Tweed Valley Osprey Project is run in conjunction with RSPB Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Ospreys have been nesting in the area for more than 15 years.

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