Linskeldfield Tarn is a superb Nature Reserve tucked away amidst rolling farmland in North Cumbria – the Lake District, with the magnificent mountain of Skiddaw as its backdrop.
This tranquil setting offers six acres of peat and wetland, which is home to a wide range of wildlife including birds, otters, frogspawn, red squirrels and carp. The tarn itself provides a rare chance to observe the wildlife from the comfort of a custom-built, 12 person bird watching hide. The terrain is flat, which is ideal for those who require wheelchair access.
The site boasts an excellent range of birds including shelducks, oyster catchers, shovelers, pintails and little grebes. There is a birdwatcher's booklet on site which records all the birds visitors have seen and noted down, during their visits. The book is currently up-to-date and shows a month-by-month inventory of all the birds that can and have been sighted on the tarn. Follow this link to see the list of birds so far sited.
This wildlife sanctuary is located on farmland that is home to no fewer than 18,000 free-range laying hens (free-range eggs available for sale).
It is easily accessible from the nearby osprey watching centre at Dodd Wood.
It is only a short drive from the well-known, picturesque market towns of Keswick (12 miles) and Cockermouth (6 miles).
26 March 2010
The female osprey returned on the 26th March 2010, the earliest visit to date, and the male returned on the 1st April. The upper viewpoint provides great views of the Ospreys flying, carrying fish and views of the nest.
31 March 2009
Bassenthwaite ospreys returned from over-wintering in Africa,same pair, same nest site as last year, which was the opposite side of the lake from previous years, which they used when he had his original partner, who failed to return in 2007. They started to lay their eggs 16 April, three eggs laid third chick hatched 28 May and last chick fledged on 22 July. They are now practising their flying, landing and will eventually start learning to fish for themselves in Bassenthwaite Lake in preparation for their long flight to Africa, later in the year.
April 10th 2008
The ospreys returned to Bassenthwaite. The same pair as 2007. They arrived within minutes of each other - started off at their usual nest site, which they later abandoned, in favour of a man-made platform on the opposite side of Bassenthwaite Lake. So, the osprey watch team had to try and quickly rig up temporary nest cameras which weren't as close to the nest itself, as they were at the original nest site. Three eggs were laid end April. All hatched at begining of June and fledged at begining August. They learned to fly and feed themselves to build up their strength in preparation for their long flight to over-winter in Africa. The whole family set off at intervals during the middle to the end of September.
Osprey View Point only 10 mins Drive away from Linskeldfield.
H e found a new, younger female partner, as his original partner didn't return. They produced three eggs, the third egg hatched on 13 June and all fledged safely.
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