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Osprey birth 'first' for Scotland in 2010

Osprey nest
Staff have been watching the nest in the Scottish Borders closely awaiting the chick's arrival

Viewing centre staff in the Borders believe they have seen the first osprey chick to hatch in Scotland this year.

Volunteers at the Glentress site spotted the bird at a nest which is part of the ongoing Tweed Valley Osprey Project (TVOP).

Centre manager Diane Bennett said they were "delighted" by the arrival of the chick.

She said that attention would now turn to two other eggs in the nest which it was hoped would hatch soon.

"The parent birds arrived back very early in the year (21 March) and laid their eggs soon after," she said.

"All the staff and volunteers involved in the project are thrilled to bits at the news and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the other two eggs will hatch in the next few days."

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

The TVOP is a partnership between the Forestry Commission, Kailzie Gardens and RSPB Scotland.

It has helped safeguard the birds and allowed visitors to enjoy them through two viewing centres.

The sites at Glentress Forest and Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles, are both currently open to the public.



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