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17.05.02

RADIO CUMBRIA & CUMBRIA WEBSITE


BBC helps web-surfers watch the birdie


BBC Cumbria website, www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria, is giving nature-lovers a unique opportunity to get a nest-side view of the only wild ospreys to breed in the Lake District in more than 150 years.


The Lake District Osprey Project (a partnership between the Forestry Commission, the Lake District National Park Authority and the RSPB) has set up a camera overlooking the nest of the spectacular fish-eating birds of prey.


The camera gives stunning views of the birds nesting near Bassenthwaite Lake and now pictures from the "nest cam" will be going global thanks to BBCi which is transmitting the pictures on its Cumbria web site.


The Ospreys are now incubating eggs and web-surfers will be able to watch as they hatch. They'll get a ringside seat as the youngsters develop and will be able to watch as they take their maiden flight from the tree-top nest.


This is a first for the four partners involved in the web project, and some remarkable technology is involved to get the pictures from the remote forest nest site to computer screens throughout the world.


There are two cameras on the nest, and the pictures are relayed via microwave links to an osprey information cabin at the Forestry Commission's Whinlatter Visitor Centre where the images can be viewed on TV screens. BBC Cumbria website is providing the link from the cabin to the internet.


Last year 25,000 people made their way to the Lake District Osprey Viewpoint at Dodd Wood, near Keswick, to witness the return of breeding ospreys to the Lake District. This year anybody in the world with access to a PC will be able to have a clear view of the birds.


Nigel Dyson, Managing Editor for BBC in Cumbria, says: "This is a first for the BBC in the county and I'm delighted that we've been able to achieve such a remarkable result in our partnership with the Lake District Osprey Project.


"This goes to the heart of the BBC's public service remit, bringing unique pictures to the general public and providing an excellent learning experience for nature enthusiasts throughout the world."


Peter Davies of the Lake District Osprey Project adds: "We are delighted to be working alongside BBC Cumbria in this exciting project which will give a new dimension to the public's appreciation and enjoyment of these wonderful birds."


The Osprey webcam can be viewed at www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria, along with other webcams which will be of interest to nature-lovers. RacoonCam allows surfers to watch the antics of two racoons at a Cumbrian rescue centre, OstrichCam gives a unique view of an ostrich egg incubator as the eggs hatch out.


Notes to Editors


Find out more about the Lake District Ospreys at www.ospreywatch.co.uk.


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