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Ospreys land at Sherborne Park Estate

Ospreys land at Sherborne Park Estate

Ospreys are currently feeding from the Sherborne Brook on the National Trust’s Sherborne Park Estate between Burford and Northleach.
Two birds have recently been seen and since moved on but another two arrived over the weekend. Although the birds have been spotted on the brook before, they are still a rare but beautiful visitor.
Enthusiasts have been watching the osprey over the last few days as it stops in the area on its way from Africa to Scotland where they breed. The osprey can only be seen in this area for a few weeks in spring, and autumn as it migrates.
Anna Field, National Trust Ecologist and Ranger, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see the ospreys stopping in Sherborne on their journey. We’ve had a lot of birdwatchers come to see it as it’s unusual for ospreys to stay in one place for so long on their spring migration. We’ve been treated to some great views of it fishing for brown trout in the brook.
‘It is yet another interesting bird choosing to visit Sherborne where we have such a wide range of different things to see at all times of year.

The Sherborne Park Estate, and it’s wildlife, was a filming location for BBC Two’s Springwatch last year, and is home to a huge variety of birds including red kites, buzzards and barn owls.
Andrew Bluett from the Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group will be holding a talk about the birds of the estate, and the county, on Wednesday 2 May as part of the Nature talk and tea series at Lodge Park.

A pair of ospreys in the evening at Sherborne ©Richard Tyler

Explore Gloucestershire
16 April 2018

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