We were recently asked by Forestry England to make a life-sized sculpture of an osprey for display  at Kielder Forest. We put the finishing touches to the Osprey sculpture at Northumberland show ground, where we had a trade stand in the Forestry Section, thanks to Alex MacLennan, Recreation Public Affairs Manager Northumberland of Forestry England. At the show we were joined by Sue from Kielder Osprey Watch. The sculpture helped her to bring stories of the Kielder ospreys to life and engage the public.

Osprey sculpture for Kielder Forest

Derek Anderson of Anderson Unique Creations

Derek Anderson of Anderson Unique Creations helped me with the welding. My trainee Eve and husband Tim helped with weaving the body. The metal frame of the sculpture is mainly clothed with durable oak and chestnut splint wood. Additional rods and skeins of willow and larch laths. To represent the darker feathers of the upper wings some of the oak splints were soaked in a steel tank. This caused the tannins in the wood to go black as a reaction to the iron in the tank.

Osprey sculpture for Kielder Forest
Osprey sculpture for Kielder Forest

Ospreys pair for life and return to their favourite nesting site at Kielder reservoir in late March or early April each year. They usually leave in early September to fly to West Africa where they spend the winter months.

Osprey viewing point and wildlife cabin

There is now an osprey viewing point and wildlife cabin at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and thanks to Kielder Osprey watch you can observe the beautiful Kielder ospreys through a live camera feed from 11am to 4.30pm every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 30th March until mid-August. You can also find out more about the ospreys in Kielder on the Visit Kielder Webpage or check out the Live Osprey Cam on Youtube.

Osprey sculpture for Kielder Forest

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