Platform gives bird’s eye view

Banchory’s Raemoir Trout Fishery is sponsoring the erection of an osprey nest platform.

This is joint co-operation between Drumoak businessman and fishery joint-owner Ron Low, who designed and commissioned the nest platform, Scottish & Southern Electric, who provided the extra high electricity pole, fixed the platform and erected it on site, and the environment section of the Forestry Commission, who granted siting on their land and allowed machinery access to the erection site.

The fishery is already permanent host to an otter population, and is periodically visited by male ospreys in the breeding season - sometimes taking up to four trout a day.

The fishery is tolerant of the fish losses to both otters and ospreys and is pleased to introduce anglers and visitors to the amazing wildlife on their doorstep.

Whilst the otters are only occasionally seen fishing in daylight, the ospreys, when visiting, are very visible, unafraid, and spectacular in their plunge onto the trout.

Whilst there are growing numbers of ospreys in the North-east, they are mainly further up the Dee Valley, and this project aims to bring breeding and visible birds closer to the city. The Banchory area is good osprey habitat, having the fishery adjacent to the platform, and the River Dee only a mile away.

The nest platform is a substantial structure, made from box section steel 4ft across to Ron’s design. Onto this Ron has wired many branches as the base, with further branches woven through to finish a platform five foot across.

For further info on Raemoir wildlife, visit www.raemoirtroutfishery.co.uk