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Osprey chicks named Dame Vera, Capt Tom and Doddie

Osprey chicks Image copyright Lewis Pate/WTML
Image caption The osprey chicks are in the Highlands

Dame Vera Lynn, Capt Sir Tom Moore and Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir have topped a poll to have ospreys chicks named after them.

The three birds at Loch Arkaig Pine Forest in Lochaber in the Highlands found fame via a nest camera.

Wartime singer Dame Vera died last month at 103, Capt Tom raised millions for the NHS and Doddie won hearts with his Motor Neurone Disease (MND) battle.

Woodland Trust Scotland confirmed the trio secured 50% of the votes.

Thor, Freya and Loki finished runner-up with 28%, while Ally, Bally and Bee polled 14%.

The least popular option, Hagrid, Boudica and Merlin, only managed 8%.

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Image caption Dame Vera Lynn died at the age of 103
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Image caption Capt Tom initially set out to raise £1,000 for the NHS but raised millions
Image caption Doddie Weir has raised MND awareness

The three osprey chicks have become popular internationally during the coronavirus lockdown.

The young trio - two males and a female - are watched by tens of thousands of fans on a nest camera.

George Anderson, of Woodland Trust Scotland, said of the name suggestions: "Many wanted to honour individuals who have been on people's minds during this lockdown summer."

More than 10,000 votes were cast before the online poll closed on Sunday night.

The birds are expected to take their first flights in around a week and will remain in the nest until they migrate south towards the end of August.

Mr Anderson added: "Most Scottish ospreys fly overland down through England before crossing the Channel to France and on to Africa.

"There is every chance that Vera the osprey may fly over those white cliffs made so famous in song by her namesake."

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