Heavy snow in Badenoch and Strathspey means that the Loch Garten Osprey centre is unlikely to open for viewing as planned tomorrow (1 April). Although EJ, the female Osprey, returned to the nest site recently, 60cm of fresh snow, means that she has sought shelter elsewhere and that visitors are unlikely to be able to make it safely to the viewing area. Although the RSPB plans to try and open the site, it is recommending that visitors postpone their visit to leave time for car parks and roads to be cleared.
The same advice applies to the popular Caper-Watch which is also due to start on 1 April. The popular early morning Capercaillie viewings, aimed to coincide the mating dance of the male birds, is unlikely to catch much action tomorrow because of the heavy snowfall. Further information can be found at the RSPB website where you can also view the very white and very snowy webcam image of the osprey nest.