News from Abroad

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We have received some exciting news about one of our 2015 Manton Bay fledglings, S2(15)!

Five year old male S2(15) is one of the first three chicks Maya and 33(11) raised at the Manton Bay nest in 2015 and is brother to satellite tracked male S1(15). We have received some very exciting news about where he is spending the breeding season. The only catch is, it isn’t in the UK!

The Biesbosch National Park is one of the largest national parks in the Netherlands, which consists of vast areas of freshwater tidal wetlands, including a large network of rivers - a perfect habitat for ospreys. Though it is only recently, in 2016, that ospreys have begun to breed in the Netherlands. Prior to 2016, ospreys were only recorded as passing migrants, using the Netherlands as a stopover point on their way to and from Northern and Eastern Europe.

This year S2(15) has bred for the very first time on a nest site within the Biesbosch National Park, after pairing up with a German female and is successfully raising three chicks! It is not the first year that S2(15) has been sighted in the Netherlands. He has been seen in the Netherlands every year since 2017 and last year he spent the spring and summer months of 2019 near Zwolle, about 70 miles (113 km) East of Amsterdam.