World famous osprey returns to Loch of the Lowes

31st March 2012
World famous osprey returns to Loch of the Lowes - Scottish Wildlife Trust
A female osprey, the oldest breeding individual in the UK, has returned to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes reserve in Dunkeld for the 22nd year.
Ospreys live on average 10-15 years in the wild, but this bird- known affectionately by many as ‘Lady’- has been positively identified by Scottish Wildlife Trust staff.
Scottish Wildlife Trust Perthshire Ranger, Emma Rawling said: “I’m delighted to announce that our regular breeding female osprey returned to the nest at Loch of the Lowes at 8:31 this morning. She has been positively identified thanks to her distinctive iris and plumage. It is an amazing achievement for her to return to Loch of the Lowes for her 22nd breeding year, making her at least in her mid twenties. We are certain she is the oldest breeding osprey in the UK."