I heard on the radio that the RSPB are trying to attract Ospreys to the south coast. Poly birds and nests. very realistic.
There were several ospreys (the feathered ones) around Poole and Purbeck last year without RSPB help! Also at Rutland so maybe Merlins attrct Ospreys?
There are a lot more Ospreys all over the UK than are public knowledge, wise landowners do not tell the RSPB and thus the twitchers stay away and there is no publicity for the egg thieves either. The birds do well and do not need protection because no one knows they are there.
I really like Ospreys, one of my favourite birds of prey.
Spatchcocked and bar b q'd over hot coals is good too.
Just stretch a IXb and you've got an osprey
As the defendant in the case of an accidental Golden Eagle shooting said to the Magistrate "In my defence I would like to say it was a terrible mistake to have shot the eagle but in mitigation I can inform you that I plucked , cooked and ate the bird" "Commendable" said the magistrate "but still a crime. But tell me, what did it taste like?" "If anything m'Lud a little like swan!!"