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Ospreys in the Scottish Borders

Discussion in 'Web Sites of Interest' started by Stephen Auty, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. Stephen Auty

    Stephen Auty New Member

    Hi. I was wanting to let folk know about a new venture we are undertaking at our trout farm in the Scottish Borders.
    I have been on a couple of bird watching forums about it and they suggested I try photographers.
    I should make it clear I have been "banned" from another photography forum for spamming as I put a link to our website so I won't do that here.
    So for about 20years we have had Ospreys visiting our trout farm for obvious reasons, we enjoy them immensely and are proud to have them visit regardless of the cost from stock loss. The numbers have increased quite well in recent years and they are about the farm almost always during the season making a perfect opportunity for watching them or to take a photo.
    This year after deliberating for many years I have decided to see if we can recoup some of our losses by allowing people in to view them. It will be basic facilities and for up to 3 people/day, I can't guarantee you will see an Osprey though it is highly likely especially at the start of the season, they are in all the time and fishing. We have had up to 12 over the farm at once a few years ago before they were off to Africa in the late summer.
    My website has booking info and soon will have some photos taken in the past but I don't want to add a link for fear of being banned for the 2nd time this week, so if admin can tell me if it's OK or not to add a link I would appreciate it.
  2. Stephen Auty

    Stephen Auty New Member

    Anybody there?
  3. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Best not to post a link unless you buy advertising space in the mag or have special permission.

    I'll mention it to some keen birders and photographers in the area though. What about seeing if you can get a poster up at the Glentress visitors centre or cafe?
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    If you have a good web-site then the search engines will pick it up. I searched google and found a trout farm offering osprey watching from a dedicated hide with a story similar to yours - in England not Scotland. There are several companies that offer wild-life photography trips - you could engage with them to see if they would put you on their circuit. There is a farm in wales that has successfully commercialised red-kite photography to the point where it has become a tourist attraction I believe (not been there myself). If this is a commercial venture then you have to formally advertise so should inquire rates of the AP magazine.
  5. Stephen Auty

    Stephen Auty New Member

    Thanks for the response, I'll try and make contact with the relevant people.
    The website was done by myself to try and keep costs down, I am updating it all the time and trying to get some photos taken by a pro a few years ago to put on there.
    The Glentress birds as well as all the rest eat my fish, that's why they have done so well. I think the Kielder birds mostly fish Kielder but they have flown over there in the past for a day trip.

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