Foulshaw Moss osprey spotted in West Africa
The male bird of prey (tagged as Blue V8) was spotted last week at Tanji Marsh Bird Reserve in The Gambia by Joanna Dailey of the Kielder Osprey Project.
Paul Waterhouse, Reserves Officer for Cumbria Wildlife Trust said: “This is a great second sighting of V8 in the Gambia (he was last spotted there in January 2021) and I think we can safely say that Tanji Marsh Bird Reserve is V8’s chosen wintering site. He was seen back in Cumbria this summer and it’s great to see one of the former Foulshaw chicks really thriving into adulthood.”
A pair of breeding ospreys, Blue 35 and White YW, have bred successfully at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve, near Witherslack, for eight years running. V8 was one of their third brood. Paul explains why the ospreys return to this site: “Thanks to years of restoration work, the precious peatland habitat here at Foulshaw Moss is now a peaceful haven, teeming with a huge range of wildlife and being close to lakes and the coast, which have ample supplies of good sized fish, this makes it an ideal breeding site for ospreys.”
Paul, the ospreys and Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve featured in Episode 2 of The Lakes with Simon Reeve on BBC2, on Sunday 21 November 2021.