Bellfield Brewery has teamed up with ReWilding Charity, Scotland: The Big Picture (SBP) to build the platform at an undisclosed forest location in central Scotland.
The Ospreys only returned to Scotland in 1954 and became extinct in the early 20th century due to human activities.
While there are now more than 300 breeding pairs in Scotland, natural nesting sites are scarce and energy is needed to build aspirins.
Building ready-made nesting platforms increases the likelihood that when they return to Scotland from West Africa – where they spend the winter, the population will continue to grow.
SBP has already set up several similar aspiring nesting platforms on various partner sites on its Northwoods Rebuilding Network.
The tree on which the Bellfield platform is located is part of a group of tall conifers that are part of a timber that has had no forest management activity for the past 20 years.
The site has been carefully selected and its suitability has been independently reviewed by the Scottish Raptor Study Group.
It sits near a river that will provide enough food for any Aspirins – also called fish hawks – that inhabit it.
The Nest platform is specifically designed to last for at least 20 years. It is made of heavy duty, strong steel mesh with protective lips to prevent any chicks from falling. And the whole structure has been carefully concealed and made ‘natural’ with sticks and moss.
Installing the platform at a height is a highly skilled task performed by two experienced climbers. The Bellfield Brewery team provided on-site ‘ground support’, assisted in the construction of the platform and delivered materials to the mountaineering and installation team.
Bellfield Brewery is now launching a special beer at its Edinburgh Taproom and to raise more funds for an online charity. The Osprey platform IPA (4.2% ABV) is bursting with tropical and fresh lemon flavors of mosaic, ahtanam and cascade hops. These three American hops biscuits and honey malt are well balanced. A wide proportion of oats gives the beer a creamy, full, mouth-watering feel. It is now for sale in Pip at Edinburgh’s Bellfield Taproom and is available in 5 liter mini paps for wide delivery in the UK. www.bellfieldbrewery.com.
Brewery Bellfield will donate £ 1 per pint sold on Taproom and £ 2.50 per mini box sold through its online store to SBP to fund additional platforms.
Brewery CEO Alastair Brown said: “As a business, we are passionate about ‘giving back’ wherever possible and our team wants us to support Scotland’s biodiversity development project. Support
“It was a very special experience to be involved in the construction of the Osprey platform that day and we can’t wait to see if there are any breeding pairs this spring.”
James Neren, Northwoods Project Manager, added: “Through its sponsorship of the spray platform, the Bellfield Brewery has provided an opportunity for this popular bird to expand its reach. Has expressed its commitment to the project and we look forward to reporting its success.