Another egg for Lady

The grand old lady of the Loch of the Lowes has lain her 70th egg just as the Scottish Wildlife Trust celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Lady, as she is affectionately known, is the resident female osprey at the loch.She laid her 70th egg only last week.

A spokesman for the trust said the egg was laid in the early hours of the morning on the same day as their anniversary.

She said that Lady successfully fledged her 50th chick last year and she is thought to be the oldest breeding osprey in the UK. It is believed she is about 28 years of age.

Staff and volunteers at the trust’s Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, near Dunkeld in Perthshire, are waiting to see if the number rises as she usually lays between two or three eggs a season.

On average, osprey incubation lasts between 37 and 39 days, so the earliest hatching would be on May 20th.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust Perthshire Ranger, Emma Rawling, said: “It is unbelievable that our famous osprey at Loch of the Lowes has laid an egg to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

“It is almost like she knew it was a special day and wanted to mark the occasion,” said Emma, She said the work of the trust wouldn’t be possible without the support of volunteers and fundraisers.