What can I say? My placement finishes on Thursday and I still can’t quite get my head round the fact that I won’t be driving down to Eycott Hill to struggle against the wind after this week. The nine months since I started have been brilliant, I have learned so much from this placement and I have picked up so many skills; from dry stone walling and fencing to writing blog posts and e-newsletters.
A pair of ospreys, female Blue 35 and male White YW, has been breeding on Foulshaw Moss since 2014, and has successfully raised 8 chicks over the past 3 years. All ospreys hatched at Foulshaw Moss are ringed just before they fledge. Here is a record of all the osprey chicks that have hatched on our Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve.
In anticipation of the return of the #FoulshawOspreys to our Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve I thought I would take this opportunity to get to know our breeding pair a bit better and to have a look back over their past 4 years of summering at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve.
Nine months ago I began a marine conservation traineeship led by Cumbria Wildlife Trust in conjunction with The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The 26th January was a beautiful day at Eycott Hill. The sun was shining, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and I was surrounded by a whole bunch of friendly, motivated people, all keen to get stuck into the day’s tasks.