On Sunday the 2nd of July, we set out to ring the osprey chicks. Crossing the bog with a 30ft ladder was like something right out of chuckle-vision. Once we had navigated the bunds crisscrossing the bog, getting up the tree was a problem unto itself.
When the platform was placed in the tree 4 years ago, the tree was healthy and the bog was much drier. Since then, the bog has grown, raising the water table, and lowering the pH of the water – all of which have contributed to the death of the tree.
When the tree surgeon reached the top of the tree, he surprised us with the news that rather than 2 chicks, as was thought, we actually had 3 healthy chicks.