Kielder’s bird population in for a big surprise!

Plashetts Rising 25 credit Peter Sharpe

Migrating birds returning to Kielder Water & Forest Park this spring are in for a big surprise. And so are you if you visit Kielder Water & Forest Park this spring!

As part of the National Heritage Lottery Funded “Living Wild at Kielder” project and Kielder Art & Architecture, Plashetts Rising, a dramatic new sculptural commission, is now in place, emerging eerily from the depths of Kielder Water.

With the Kielder ospreys due to return from their winter migration destinations very soon, it is hoped they and other birds will make a beeline for the new structure. The top of the Plashetts Rising has been sculpted to incorporate lengths of timber, creating a comfortable perching place for many species of bird.

Tom Dearnley from the Forestry Commission says:  “Plashetts Rising should be particularly popular with ospreys who feed on live fish and look for their food by flying over the water. They dive into the water with wings swept back, pushing their talons forward at the last minute to grab the fish from below the surface. Perching here would provide a great place to eat their catch!”

At dusk you will hear the sound of Kielder’s owls calling to each other across the trees.  Kielder Forest is home to a large population of owls, who come out to hunt at night, so look around in the trees during the early evening too.

And as the evening falls, don’t forget to take a last look at Plashetts Rising too, to see who’s settling down for the night on this wonderful, towering perch.

Lynn Turner, Director of the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “Plashetts Rising links nature, creative art and the history of Kielder with a contemporary visitor experience.  We love it and we hope all our 2019 visitors – particularly ospreys and other birds  –  will too.

“I would like to thank National Lottery players and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting ‘Living Wild at Kielder’; a project that helps people experience and learn about the area’s special animals, birds and plants. 

Plashetts Rising is part of the Kielder Art & Architecture programme, which is supported by Arts Council England.

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