The nest cam project

The osprey cam on the island of Seili, in the middle region of the Archipelago Sea, SW Finland, provides live video of ospreys and other bird species visiting the nest. The camera is located in an artificial nest, which is situated about 35 m up in a leading mark. Viewers may watch the web camera year-round, 24-hours a day. An osprey couple called Tilda (female) and Vasuri (male) have been nesting here since 2011.

The current camera (AXIS P1344-E) has been in operation since 2012. The latest addition to the camera was a microphone, added to the assembly in 2016.The live stream is transmitted from the nest to Youtube and Saaristomeri.utu.fi using nanobeam antennas. Due to the camera’s location, any potential problems can only be resolved remotely or during ringing in late June or early July.

When posting photos/videos from the nest to various social media locations, we request that you include the following information at the end of your photo/video caption: Turku University of Applied Sciences/University of Turku. Thank you for your cooperation!

The history of the nest

The osprey nest camera was installed to the artificial osprey nest in 2006 by the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) with the help of Archipelago Research Institute’s (University of Turku) infrastructure. At the beginning, the camera was maintained as part of the NatureIT project, coordinated by TUAS, and later continued as part of the Saaristomeri.info and BalticSeaNow projects (TUAS), focusing on science communication and environmental education. Since 2015, the Archipelago Research Institute has fully participated in the maintenance and funding of the web camera and connections.

Detailed information of osprey couples that have nested in Seili will be included on this page this spring