Cornwall Osprey Project

by Kernow Conservation CIC in Truro, England, United Kingdom

Cornwall Osprey Project
We did it
On 22nd August 2023 we successfully raised £29,775 with 264 supporters in 42 days

Formerly a breeding bird of Cornwall, the osprey became locally extinct in the early 20th century. We're looking to help bring it back.

by Kernow Conservation CIC in Truro, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Fantastic to have reached our initial target so quickly! We've decided on an ambitious stretch target of £25,000 to try and maximise this opportunity to help return the osprey as a breeding bird to Cornwall.  All additional funds will go directly towards this project and increase the number of nesting platforms that we can erect.  We will also be installing every platform with a camera to monitor any activity.  Thanks for your support!

Don't forget every £1 you donate will be double matched by the Aviva Fund so we will receive £3!

Who are we?

We are Kernow Conservation CIC, a community-led non-profit restoring wildlife and biodiversity in Cornwall.  Our work includes restoring habitats for endangered species, such as water voles and marsh fritillary butterflies, and work with many local landowners and volunteers who are committed to making a difference.  We're now looking to help pave the way to restore the osprey as a breeding bird in Cornwall.


Why are we fundraising? 

With some successful water vole reintroductions already under our belt, we are looking to spread our wings (pun intended!) and expand our work to help ospreys return as a breeding bird to Cornwall.  The funds raised will be used to research and identify areas that are suitable for ospreys to nest, and to install artificial nesting platforms where possible. Historically ospreys will have nested in large trees, however many have now been removed and this results in a reduction in natural nesting habitat. It has been shown in other areas of the UK & Europe that artificial platforms are readily used by ospreys and can help them re-establish.

More about the osprey

The osprey is a fish-eating bird of prey that breeds across Europe and then migrates to spend the winter in Africa.  At one point it was extinct across the whole of the UK, due to shooting and egg collecting, however a small number of birds naturally returned to Scotland to breed and subsequent projects in Scotland, England and Wales have helped the start of a wider recovery.

Historic records show that the osprey bred in Cornwall, including some building their large nests on cliffs, rather than trees.  At present they can be seen in the Duchy only during migration periods, Spring and Autumn, as they travel between their breeding grounds further north and wintering areas in sub-Saharan Africa.


What will the money be used for?

The funds raised here will be used towards project management and capital costs for the following:

  • Mapping areas of Cornwall to identify potential breeding areas and nest sites.
  • Working with local landowners for access and agreements.
  • Purchase and installation of nesting platforms (at least 50% of the funds raised will go towards this), where possible.
  • Look into the possibility of a longer term project, including identifying future funding and partnerships.

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