Mid Wales is home to some of the rarest species of birds and animals in the UK, these include Ospreys, Red Kites, Otters, Beavers and Dolphins!
Just by looking out of your apartment window you will often see Red Kites and Buzzards flying overhead and this time of year is the best time where you can see the young honing their hunting skills and hear them calling to one another.
The Dyfi Osprey Project (near Machynlleth) has this year (2021) finally been able to open it's brand new visitor centre at Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, the project has been a 4 year plan, but finally the centre is now open!
Reservations can be made via their booking system and remembert hat places are limited to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe. Information on how to book here
Since 2000 The project have been supporting and conserving the Osprey population in Wales. In 2016 the project set up a 4K camera where you can watch the nest live on youtube: Live feed below 👇 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqzfIaLbWts
A little about Ospreys:
Ospreys became extinct in the UK in 1916 and didn't return to breed until 1954 in the Highlands of Scotland but unfortunately this pair were persecuted and didn't breed successfully again until 1959.
The birds that have returned to the UK to breed have not been reintroduced but are suspected to be from Scandinavia that colonised naturally, but there may have been a chance that a small number managed to survived unrecorded between 1916-1954.
The Ospreys in the UK are carefully guarded to protect them from illegal egg collectors and many nests, including those in Mid Wales deploy a 24 hour surveillance system.
Today the Osprey population in the UK is slowly recovering with 270 breeding pairs in Scotland, 20 in England and 4 in Wales.
Identifying an Osprey:
Colour - Brown & White
Length - 56 cm
Wingspan - 1.6meters
Average Lifespan - 9 years
When to see them - March - September
Diet - Fish
Migration - They migrate to West Africa during the winter and satellite tracking has shown them to fly 430km in just one day!