BBC helps web-surfers watch the birdie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
out more about the Lake District Ospreys at www.ospreywatch.co.uk.
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