Osprey returns to Loch of the Lowes for 22nd year

A female osprey, the oldest breeding individual in the UK, has returned to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes reserve in Dunkeld for the 22nd year.

Ospreys live on average 10-15 years in the wild, but this bird, known affectionately by many as ‘Lady’, has been positively identified by Scottish Wildlife Trust staff.

The reserve and Visitor Centre at Loch of the Lowes are great places to see wildlife including ospreys, woodpeckers and the iconic red squirrel.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Perthshire Ranger, Emma Rawling said: “I’m delighted to announce that our regular breeding female osprey returned to the nest at Loch of the Lowes.

“She has been positively identified thanks to her distinctive iris and plumage.

“It is an amazing achievement for her to return to Loch of the Lowes for her 22nd breeding year, making her at least in her mid twenties. We are certain she is the oldest breeding osprey in the UK.

“In 2010 she was ill on the nest and thousands of people around the world watched her remarkable recovery online.

She returned in 2011 but her eggs failed to hatch; we feared that might have been the last we would see of this bird, but she is back again.

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