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Osprey fly in to local beauty spot
7:30pm Saturday 23rd June 2012 in News
Eagle-eyed visitors to South East Water’s Arling ton Reservoir may have spotted two young ospreys who have made the man-made beauty spot their temporary home.
The rare birds are believed to have stopped off at Arlington after their long-haul migration from Africa.
South East Water environment manager Emma Goddard said: “These two very special fish-eating birds, who we believe are young males and not a breeding pair, have been at the reservoir for the last six to eight weeks.
“It’s incredible as we don’t get ospreys every year, and when they do come they don’t usually stay for so long.
They are obviously enjoying the tranquillity of the reservoir.
“It is estimated that there are about 250 to 300 breeding pairs of ospreys in the UK each year and most of those are in Scotland.”