The Poole Harbour Osprey Project

Restoring a breeding population of Ospreys to the South Coast through an exciting translocation project

Birds of Poole Harbour are partnered with the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Wildlife Windows to deliver the Poole Harbour Osprey Translocation Project, aiming to restore a breeding population of these charismatic birds of prey to the South Coast. The project, which started in 2017, involves the translocation of 60 juvenile Ospreys from Scottish nests into the Poole Harbour area. This process aims to create a bond between the young Ospreys and their new local area, before they leave on their first treacherous migration, usually to West Africa. This bond draws the Ospreys back to Poole Harbour on their return to the UK, after at least 2 years maturing in their wintering grounds, when they will identifying suitable nesting sites. The translocation therefore lays the foundations for their return as a breeding bird to the South Coast, 180 years on from their local extinction.

You can support our Osprey Project work through our Just Giving page. Funds raised through this campaign will go towards developments in the Osprey Project, including running public events and outreach initiatives, including the livestream webcam, as well as the maintenance of infrastructure, such as nesting platforms.

Follow the story through our Osprey news below, on Twitter @harbourospreys and on Facebook @PooleHarbourOspreys

History of Ospreys in the UK

The Poole Osprey translocation project

Poole Osprey webcam

17/10/2018

Poole Harbour Osprey Translocation 2018 End of Season Update

As the nights begin to draw in, and temperatures fall, remembering the ...
20/08/2018

Osprey Translocation Project Update

In July this year we began the second phase of the Poole ...
12/07/2018

A Sad and Challenging Six Days – Osprey Project Update

In July this year we began the second phase of our Poole ...
04/04/2018

A Sorry ‘Tail’ of yet Another Poole Harbour Osprey Chick Sighting in West Africa

We were excited to receive the first bit of information about LS7 ...
09/02/2018

Another Poole Harbour Osprey Chick Seen in West Africa

Today (09/02/18) we received some incredible news.
25/01/2018

Osprey Chick LS7 Seen in Western Senegal

On Jan 23rd we received some exciting news from our project partners ...
14/08/2017

Poole Harbour Osprey Chicks Take Flight

Eight Osprey chicks have taken their first flights in Poole Harbour after ...
12/07/2017

Osprey Translocation Project – Schools IN for Summer

Fourteen Osprey chicks have arrived in Poole Harbour from Scotland as part ...
06/07/2017

The (Fish) Eagle Has Landed – Osprey Chicks Arrive in Poole Harbour

Eight Osprey chicks have safely arrived in Poole Harbour as part of ...
20/06/2017

Poole Harbour Osprey Translocation Project to Start This Summer

Osprey Translocation Proposal Agreed for Poole Harbour

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