Ospreys were persecuted into extinction in the UK, where they were shot for taxidermy or had their eggs stolen by collectors. Around 50 years ago Scandinavian ospreys began breeding in Scotland. At this stage intensive protection measures began, including 24 hour observation of the birds. Over the past 50 years the number of breeding pairs has increased to around 200 pairs across the UK. Some sites, such as the RSPB’s Loch Garten reserve and the Scottish Wildlife Trusts Loch of the Lowes reserve, featured in the video below, give a fantastic opportunity to observe these magnificent birds in their natural habitat.