FAMOUS OSPREY BREAKS OWN RECORD WITH 69TH EGG

FAMOUS OSPREY BREAKS OWN RECORD WITH 69TH EGG

Leading conservation charity, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is glad to announce the resident female osprey at the Loch of the Lowes laid an egg in the early hours of Sunday morning.

This is the 69th egg laid by the bird, affectionately known by many as 'Lady', who has now successfully fledged 50 chicks in her time at the Trust's reserve.

However, the laying of eggs is usually separated by a couple of days, so more could still arrive.

Staff and volunteers at the Scottish Wildlife Trust Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre now have a tense wait to see if the number of eggs laid by the potentially record-breaking osprey increases.

On average, osprey incubation lasts between 37 and 39 days, so the earliest hatching would be on May 20th.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust Perthshire Ranger, Emma Rawling, said: "Everyone at the Scottish Wildlife Trust Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre is overjoyed by this egg.

"It has come just as the Trust is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, so it is almost like she knew that it was a special occasion and wanted to make it extra special.

"Now there is a tense wait to see if there are any more eggs to be laid this season.

"This osprey never ceases to amaze, so it is certainly a possibility."

The Scottish Wildlife Trust was incorporated on April 16th 1964 - 50 years ago this Wednesday.

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised £2,759,473 to date for Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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