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23/09/14: Power operator scales new heights to help attract ospreys to Preston

The region’s network power operator recently stepped in to help Lancashire Wildlife Trust build a new nest at the Brockholes nature reserve in Preston in a bid to attract ospreys to the area. Power operator scales new heights to help attract ospreys to Preston

Four overhead linesmen from Electricity North West, Ian Ormerod, Anthony Chadwick, Mick Melody and Dave Jackson, spent the day at the reserve with experts from Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Osprey to help lift the nest, which was created with branches and twigs, onto the nine metre high pole.

This is the second time this year that Electricity North West has supported ospreys after two climbers helped Cumbria Wildlife Trust place identification rings on three osprey chicks back in July at the Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve.

Martin Deehan, operations director for Electricity North West, said: “We’re delighted to have spent the day with Lancashire Wildlife Trust helping them put in place the new osprey nest.

“It was a wonderful experience for all those involved and we’re looking forward to seeing these amazing birds set up home in the nest.”

The Electricity North West team, Ian Ormerod, Anthony Chadwick, Mick Melody and Dave JacksonBrockholes nature reserve intern Graham Nuttall, who was co-ordinating the volunteers, said: “It is great to see Electricity North West and Friends of the Osprey supporting us as we try to increase the wildlife diversity on the site.”

Darren Moore of Friends of the Osprey, said: “Brockholes seems to be the ideal site for a nest and hopefully we will get ospreys checking it out and using it. There have been a number of sightings since the reserve opened a couple of years ago.”

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