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Osprey live nest cam at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve

Wednesday 4 April: Both of the breeding #FoulshawOspreys, the female (BLUE 35 leg ring) and the male (White YW), have returned safely back to the nest. Since her arrival on Friday 30 March, Blue 35 has been observed waiting for her mate and moving nest material about in preparation.

About osprey nest cam and the breeding pair

The ospreys that favour Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve near Witherslack as their breeding ground migrate to their wintering grounds in Autumn, most likely West Africa or Europe.

The male, identified by his 'White YW' leg ring, hatched at Bassenthwaite in 2008. The female, identified by her 'Blue 35' leg ring, hatched at Kielder in 2010.

Our camera provides an up close and personal view of the Ospreys' lives and the action as it unfolds plus a great view of Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve.


We have moved the cameras to HTML5 player this year so viewers would need to click the play button to watch the live stream.

The live streaming is no longer compliant with Flash because Adobe is phasing the Flash plugin out. Unfortunately not all browsers are fully HTML5 compatible. For example, you may find on one mobile device that Google Chrome browser will work fine, but then not on another mobile device; the reason for this is that different devices only have certain versions available, which again make some devices compatible and others not.

Streamdays recommends that users ensure that their device and browser are up to date.

Samsung users: Please try the native built in browser which is called “internet” that is also compatible.

Android users: Both Firefox and Samsung internet seem to work. Google Chrome and Microsoft Bing appear to be incompatible.

Mac users: If your playback settings do not allow the option to enlarge the screen to full, please update Safari browser on your Mac to the latest version which should resolve the issue.

If you are still experiencing playback issues please email us at and we'll do our best to help further - thank you and enjoy! 

With thanks to:

  • Langdale based firm Radiata Specialist Tree Services for their support with the nest platform construction and ongoing web camera maintenance.
  • Swarovski Optik for helping with the purchase of the telescope at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve
  • Individuals and funders who made a donation to make this project possible.

Foulshaw Ospreys blog

Catch up with the lastest events at the nest and get to know the ospreys via our Foulshaw Moss Ospreys blog.

Join in the conversation:

If you have any questions for our Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve Officer do send them in via our Twitter page using #FoulshawOspreys or commenting below and we'll come back to you as soon as we can.

Thank you to all our avid osprey cam watchers for keeping hopeful spirits for his return; 6 days later, on 4 April 2018, he finally arrived after his epic migration flight.

If you see anything of interest whilst watching the cam feel free to comment below, with a screen grab too if possible.

Hopefully this year will bring another successful year for these birds and an interesting season of viewing for you!