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Osprey chick 2009

Osprey chick 2009

Welcome to the Osprey Watch community!

Follow the progress of the Cumbrian ospreys as they nest at Bassenthwaite ... from the return of the birds, to the laying and hatching of the eggs, the first flights of the chicks and the final journey to Africa for winter ...

"We've now got ospreys on Facebook and Twitter and Flickr and all of those things that basically open the project up to a totally different audience."

Nathan Fox, from the Lake District Osprey Project

Welcome to the Cumbrian Osprey Watch online community.

If you're a bird watcher, nature enthusiast or just a fan of the ospreys, you'll find everything that you need is here.

About the project

The Lake District Osprey Project is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and
the RSPB, with the support of the Lake District National Park Authority.

The BBC Cumbria team provide support to the project by facilitating the webcam streaming as well as providing web content and social media assistance.

The partnership aims to ensure the continued success of breeding ospreys at Bassenthwaite; to assist with natural colonisation elsewhere in the Lakes; and to provide visitors to the Lakes with the opportunity to see and find out more about ospreys.

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W³Award for 2009

This year BBC Cumbria and Ospreywatch have been recognised for their web work by winning a Silver in the Community section.

The W³ is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from well-known media, interactive, advertising, and marketing firms.

IAVA members include executives from organizations such as Alloy, BRANDWEEK, Coach, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, HBO, iNDELIBLE,, MTV, Omnicom, Polo Ralph Lauren, Refinery, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Victoria's Secret, Wired, Yahoo!, and many others.

How do we do it?

BBC Cumbria provides the webcam service for the project between April and September, whilst the birds nest in the Lake District.

Due to the remote location of the nest, images are sent from the nest camera to a microwave dish where they are bounced across Bassenthwaite Lake to Whinlatter Visitor Centre.

Once at Whinlatter the signal is split with one going to the exhibition in the visitor centre and a second signal is sent by satellite broadband to be hosted by BBC Cumbria.

Due to the high costs of streaming live video via satellite broadband, a still image service is offered until the eggs are hatched and the live 24/7 streaming camera remains switched on as the eggs hatch until the chicks take their first flights during August.

Osprey nest 2009

Osprey nest 2009

Feedback from the 2009 osprey season

This year has seen the osprey project make tremendous moves online as it embraced not only live streaming broadband video from this incredibly remote, rural location but also incorporated social networking for the first time.

The service is much appreciated by the local and global community as this letter from Graeme Prest, Chairman Lake District Osprey Project Steering Group, shows:

Re: Osprey Season 2009

I write on behalf of the staff and volunteers from the Lake District Osprey Project to convey our thanks for the huge input which the BBC Cumbria Team has made this year in raising the profile of the project.

By setting up osprey pages on social networking sites, such as Flickr, Twitter and Facebook, we have reached a far greater and more diverse audience than could ever have been imagined, which not only delivers the aims of the project, but also wider aims of the three partner organisations.

Specifically, the addition of live streaming of the nest pictures over the internet, has added another whole new dimension to the project, for staff, volunteers and our now global audience.

The season ends officially on 31st August for another winter, but I look forward to 2010 and hope that we can once again work closely together, and again pass on our deepest thanks to you and your team.

Yours sincerely,

Graeme Prest
Chairman Lake District Osprey Project Steering Group
Forest Management Director North West England Forest Region

Osprey Chick Head: A photograph taken under difficult lighting conditions one early morning in 2009

In addition, Nathan Fox from the Lake District Osprey Project says:

"What we need to bear in mind is the impact and the benefit that the project brings to people.

"We've had a tremendous number of visitors at the viewpoint at Dodd ... we've had a tremendous number of visitors at the visitor centre at Whinlatter, but we've also had almost kind of religious following over the website.

"A real big step forward for us this year has been live streaming and we've been absolutely fundamentally grateful for that, it's been tremendously popular not only for visitors who come to the project but visitors who can't because they're so far away, actually anybody can follow the project.

"So we've now got ospreys on Facebook and Twitter and Flickr and all of those things that basically open the project up to a totally different audience."

Get involved in the community

There are now more ways than every before to follow the ospreys on their nest and get involved with our large community of fans.

For 2009 we've integrated all of the major social networking sites so that you can now follow the ospreys any way you prefer:

If you have a mobile phone, you can access the regular blog updates as they're posted using BBC Mobile:

Don't miss out on any of the essential news - catch all of the weekly highlights in our BBC Podcast which runs throughout the summer months:

Enjoy the highlights of the summer 2009 osprey season by enjoying the incredible images of the ringing of the osprey chicks:

Use our osprey Facebook application or website widget to share information about the ospreys and keep up to date with the latest news:

Osprey June 2009

Osprey June 2009

You can add your osprey images to our Flickr photo group and have your say via Twitter of the Facebook community page ... and make sure you check out our partners' websites too for more information about the bird.

Remember to join us once again for the 2010 osprey season from April ... you'll hear about the first sightings of the birds on BBC Radio Cumbria and this website.

last updated: 12/10/2009 at 10:21
created: 04/08/2009

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