• A small announcement...

    Good afternoon all.

    Now that the male osprey seems to have stepped up and is regularly feeding EJ, as well as incubating the eggs and seeing off the occasional raven, we feel it's only fair to make him part of the Loch Garten family. Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland's "Out for the Weekend" programme at approximately 3:20 this afternoon for a grand announcement (and it's not that his favourite food is fish)...…

    • 27 Apr 2018
  • Tune In, Tune Out

    Photo: Jo Sinclair

    We are hosting Wake Up With Wildlife mornings at the Osprey Centre every Saturday and Sunday up to 6 May. Our stalwart volunteer Kenny welcomed in the first redstart of the spring this week, capturing a handsome singing male that seems to have chosen the camera tree as a regular perch. He can often be heard in the visitor centre on the microphone. It's always worth listening out for EJ and other…

    • 25 Apr 2018
  • Eggciting times at the Osprey Centre

    Hello again bloggers,

    I’m writing this blog on one of the calmest, sunniest days we’ve had so far this year. The insects are out, bees are buzzing, birds are chirping and visitors are smiling. But this isn’t the only reason for us to be happy today. Today we welcomed EJ’s second egg of the season, EJ and the male have both just started to incubate the eggs and the male has just brought her another fish!! Wooooohooooooo…

    • 23 Apr 2018
  • Update 18/04/2018

    Hello all.

    What an interesting few days it's been here at Loch Garten. I'll fill you in as best I can!

    After not seeing EJ at all for about two days towards the end of last week, she promptly turned up and laid an egg in the early hours of Tuesday morning! Of course, we were delighted and the news was met with excitement by the team and visitors alike. However, EJ soon started demonstrating rather strange behaviour…

    • 18 Apr 2018
  • Update 12/04/2018

    Good afternoon,

    Another quick update from me, rounding up the latest activity at Loch Garten. Sort of like the 6'o'loch news...

    At the weekend a young male osprey arrived at the nest, eliciting excitement among the team here and, no doubt, many of you. Almost as soon as he turned up at the nest, he attempted to mate with EJ which she seemed fairly receptive to although we don't think there were any successful…

    • 12 Apr 2018
  • EJ in numbers! Arrival dates

    Hello bloggers! I am happy to present to you a new section of the blog “EJ in numbers”. We are very lucky to have an accurate record of all our ospreys’ movements, important dates (arrivals, departures, hatching, fledging, etc.) and numbers (eggs, chicks, fish brought to the nest, etc.). I will be using all this data to give a numerical approach to the life of our beloved EJ and her family.

    As many…

    • 8 Apr 2018
  • Update 06/04/2018

    Good morning all,

    As you can probably guess from the imaginative and inspiring title of the blog, this will be a quick recap of the events at Loch Garten over the past week or so. I'll be writing these short updates at least twice a week from now on so that you are all up to speed with what's happening at the Osprey Centre. They will be interspersed with longer, more detailed blogs from the rest of the team about life…

    • 6 Apr 2018
  • I'm dreaming of a white-tailed eagle!

    Hello everyone and a Happy Easter to all,

    We've had a brilliant Easter weekend at Loch Garten. After opening slightly earlier than usual on the 29th of March, we weren't sure whether we'd get many folk through the door for the first few days. How wrong were we? Loads of you have been to see us (and a certain osprey who we'll come to later) over the past few days and it's been great to see the new team chatting to captivated…

    • 1 Apr 2018
  • She's back...and just in time!

    Good afternoon everybody.

    It’s a pleasure to be able to write this blog, safe in the knowledge that a rather special bird, with a white leg ring adorned with two simple, black letters has returned to Loch Garten. Yes, that’s right, EJ is here! Last Wednesday, at approximately 17:46 and 23 seconds, our vigilant webcam viewers were treated to her sudden appearance on screen. It’s the joint earliest she’s ever returned…

    • 26 Mar 2018
  • Happy New Year!

    Happy 2018 everyone. It's been a while since I last blogged - it's difficult to type with a mince pie in one hand and a glass of something festive in the other! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have enjoyed the new year so far.

    So, what has been happening? Well, Loch Garten (like much of the UK) has been hit with severe snow and extremely cold temperatures. The lochs here (both Garten and Mallachie)…

    • 19 Jan 2018
  • Just a wee pre-Christmas note...

    Hello all,

    Just a quickie before we break up for the festive period.

    The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed Chris and I filling the web-cam feeder yesterday afternoon, in preparation for the festive break. You may also have noticed the really badly-timed rope disintegrating! It turns out it was completely rotten and despite our best efforts in the fading light, we couldn't re-secure it. Fibres just kept falling out…

    • 20 Dec 2017
  • All I want for Christmas is...a blog

    Snow is falling, all around me. It is clear that winter is well underway - it has been getting gradually colder (just ask my toes) and the days are now dark by four'o'clock. The forest, hills and bogs of Abernethy are covered in white snow, like the icing on a giant Christmas cake. Even Loch Garten is white, having frozen over and received a dusting of the white stuff, and we're all dreaming of a white Christmas. There…

    • 15 Dec 2017
  • “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

    I worked late last night. That’s not unusual for me (or many others!), as doing a combination of long and short work-days means I can spend more time at home when I need to. It’s just how my life has to work. The last thing I did before I shutdown my computer at 10 o’ clock, was make a “To do” list. I’ve not been sleeping that well recently, and as soon as I stir into consciousness in the middle of the night, my thoughts…

    • 21 Nov 2017
  • All change!

    The pine forest here at Abernethy is amazing. It's a truly magical place, housing trees that are hundreds of years old, regularly revealing new and previously unrecorded species and providing habitat for thousands of species of plants, animals and fungi. Scots pine trees are beautiful to behold - from the very upright youngsters, with their thin, straight trunks to the twisted and gnarled Granny pines, the OAP's of the…

    • 20 Oct 2017
  • Autumnal delights

    Good morning everyone and hello from a very autumnal Abernethy!

    This morning I was delighted to receive this postcard from a very confused looking postman...


    Incredible! Not only does EJ appear to have very neat writing (another use for that amazing reversible toe) but her spelling and grammar is impeccable. Not bad for someone whose first language consists of high-pitched whistles and repetitive one-note calls. As…

    • 5 Oct 2017
  • They think it's all over...

    ...it is now(ish).

    Empty nest

    Yes, today is the last of the 2017 Osprey Centre season. And what a season it has been, filled with highs and lows that repeatedly reminded us of the beauty and fragility of nature. This final blog gives us a chance to look back at the events that combined to tell the story of our nest this year. So, here goes...

    23rd March - A last minute glance out of the viewing hide on a chilly March…

    • 4 Sep 2017
  • 27th August...

    Hi folks, 

    Just a short note to let you know that we've had some electrical issues at the Centre today and have been advised to switch off all our sockets overnight - so there won't be any webcam tonight. Sorry for the inconvenience. The sparky is visiting us tomorrow, so hopefully normal service will be resumed.

    • 28 Aug 2017
  • What a pin-credibly pin-teresting blog!

    Here's a blog from Sarah White telling us all about pin badges. Enjoy.

    Hello Bloggers!

    This year I had the honour of donning the crown and cloak that accompanies LG’s most prestigious role... pin badge queen! It is my responsibility to source and keep stock of a frankly stupendous variety of RSPB pin badges. As I was counting out puffins the other day I started pondering the history of this branch of fundraising…

    • 25 Aug 2017
  • I'm ducking out!

    At Loch Garten we have had a long term love affair with the goldeneye ducks. We don’t usually talk about our love life at work... but I think we can make an exception, just this once. First of all, let’s learn a little about their life history. Goldeneyes are a medium sized diving duck who eat mussels, insect larvae, small fish and plants.

    Some goldeneyes summer in the Highlands of Scotland for breeding …

    • 23 Aug 2017
  • Recent sightings from Blair...

    Hi bloggers, here's a follow up from Chris's blog last week and a final word from myself. Just like EJ, I will be migrating south early this year, but it won't be to Western Africa for me. I have recently had a job offer from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and will be moving there before the end of the season. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for ospreys on their migration as I settle in to my new home!…

    • 19 Aug 2017
  • Here is the news...

    Good afternoon.

    Here is the latest osprey news from Loch Garten.

    Thank you and goodbye.

    All quiet on the nest-ern front...

    Yes, things have gone very quiet on the osprey front over the last few days (is it possible to get quieter than NO ospreys?). Well, even the new kids on the block, CT6 and her unringed male, haven't been spotted since early this week, suggesting they may have headed south for the winter. Now…

    • 12 Aug 2017
  • My week at Loch Garten

    Hello all,

    As a guest blogger, I will firstly introduce myself - I am Colin Miller, one of the Central Highland Reserves interns normally based at the North Scotland Regional Office in Inverness.

    I began my internship with RSPB four months ago and over that time I have had plenty of incredible experiences, such as wading around the sedge beds of Loch Ruthven in search of Slavonian grebe, or more recently I was able…

    • 3 Aug 2017
  • Word from the nest: CT6, a profile

    Hi bloggers! Just a quick blog to keep you all updated!

    Since Fergus wrote a few days back to let you know we suspect EJ has started her migration to wintering grounds early this season, we still haven't caught a glimpse of our favourite feathered friend! She was last seen on Friday 14 of July, so she'll have herself a nice long winter sunning it up in warmer climes, leaving us tentatively waiting for her return. So…

    • 28 Jul 2017
  • Why should you volunteer at Loch Garten

    Hello again bloggers,

    I hope you are all doing well! It’s the summer holidays now... so I’ve got my fingers cross that the weather is going to stay sunny and the wind is going to keep the midges away... doubt it!

    (Gillian, in the forward hide, looking for EJ) 

    Anyways this week I have decided to convince any of you bloggers that haven’t already volunteered at Loch Garten, to come along next year and…

    • 26 Jul 2017
  • "A Blog" by Fergus Cumberland

    Sun bathes the path up to the centre. Wind whistles through the trees. The flowers of heather have started to show their faces to the glow of the day and the cuckoos have all but spat the last of the froghoppers into the forest undergrowth.

    Froghopper nymph in its protective froth...not cuckoo spit!

    It has been a very interesting season indeed. We have now established that there is a good chance EJ has left for migration…

    • 20 Jul 2017