Being a charity Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust relies on volunteers to help us with our work; the Dyfi Osprey Project is no different. In fact, volunteers play a huge role in the progress, development and every day running of the project. Some volunteers help out at the visitor centre engaging with members of the public, providing information about the ospreys and interpreting the live nest camera images. Some volunteers help in the osprey hide assisting visitors to locate the nest site and the birds through high powered telescopes and binoculars. Other volunteers help with administration and IT work, social media engagement, marketing, 24 hour nest protection work (when we have eggs on the nest), camera work, electrical work, the list is endless. We even have some volunteers that do pure conservation work!
Heather shows a young visitor the osprey nest from the hide as the three chicks were getting ready to fledge © Emyr Evans/MWT
Would you like to become involved with helping out at the Dyfi Osprey Project? Don't worry if you don't know much about ospreys or even birds in general. If you can do something well (and we all can do that), and you think your skills can help the project, your very welcome to join us!
We have now closed for the 2011 season but it won't be long before we think of next year and the ospreys returning from Africa. During March 2012 we will hold a volunteer event, probably at the Tabernacle in Machynlleth. If you haven't volunteered before, or even if you have, this will be a great chance to learn more and get involved. Come back to this page a bit nearer the time or submit an expression of interest email via the contact page.
***UPDATE*** This volunteering event will take place at the Tabernable, Machynlleth on 28th March. It's a Wednesday evening and we will start at 7.30pm. More news to follow...
Please see details of this event here
MWT chairman and volunteer Chris Townsend explains all about birds to a budding amateur enthusiast © Emyr Evans/MWT