Ospreys on the Dyfi
Ospreys have been seen regularly on the Dyfi Estuary for many years during the spring and autumn migration seasons. On 14th September 2004, during the early years of satellite tracking, a Scottish juvenile osprey known as SSK gave a transmission showing she was passing the Dyfi estuary on her first winter migration. Another satellite tracked two year old male, “Rothiemurcus”, passed Machynlleth on 31st May 2011 as he returned to the UK for the first time. In 2007, the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust put up an artificial nest on our Cors Dyfi/Morfa Dyfi reserve in an attempt to attract ospreys to stay and hopefully breed and start a new colony in Mid-Wales.
With the help of Roy Dennis from the Highland Foundation for Wildlife, our Conservation Officer Clive Faulkner and a group of Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust volunteers built the nest to look as similar to a real osprey nest as possible. They even splashed on white paint to mimic osprey droppings!
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust build the osprey platform in 2007 on Cors Dyfi reserve
The nest has been occupied every year since, but no breeding took place until 2011.
Winter work preparation - Cameras go up in 2009 for the first time © Emyr Evans