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Bassenthwaite Lake is the largest and only true lake in Cumbria - Lake District, the others are all 'meres' or 'waters'. As a Site of Special Scientific Interest it is home to many species of wildlife. In 2001, and for the first time in 150 years, Ospreys nested at Bassenthwaite and successfully reared their first chick. During 2003 they successfully raised their fourth chick. An Osprey viewpoint has been set up at the Forestry Commission's Dodd Wood, near Keswick, which also offers magnificent views over Bassenthwaite Lake.