Osprey on Sherborne Brook

Osprey over the Sherborne Brook

An osprey is currently feeding from the Sherborne Brook. Although the birds have been spotted on the brook before, they are still a rare but beautiful visitor.

The magnificent osprey landed at Sherborne over the weekend, and has stayed for the last week.

Enthusiasts have been watching the osprey over the last few days as it stops in the area on its way from Africa to Scotland where they breed. The osprey can only be seen in this area for a few weeks in spring and autumn as it migrates.

An osprey diving into the Sherborne Brook
An osprey diving into the Sherborne Brook
An osprey diving into the Sherborne Brook

Anna Field, National Trust Ecologist and Ranger, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see the osprey stopping in Sherborne on its journey. We’ve had a lot of birdwatchers come to see it; it’s so rare to see here that when they do come everybody wantsto see it.

‘It is yet another interesting bird choosing to visit Sherborne where we have such a wide range of different things to see at all times of year.’

An osprey diving into the water
An osprey splashing into the water
An osprey diving into the water

Local residents have very much enjoyed seeing the bird on the broadwater. 

The Sherborne Park Estate, and it’s wildlife, was a filming location for BBC Two’s Springwatch last year, and is home to a huge variety of birds including red kites, buzzards and barn owls.

Andrew Bluett from the Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group will be holding a talk about the birds of the estate, and the county, on Wednesday 2 May as part of the Nature talk and tea series at Lodge Park. 

A dormouse being held during checks of nesting boxes

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