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Dyfi Osprey Project

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!

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, you're very welcome to join us!

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!

Cors Dyfi (Dyfi bog) is a wonderful little nature reserve that is teaming with wildlife for most of the year. This is where the Dyfi Osprey Project is situated.

Once estuary, reclaimed grazing, then conifer plantation and finally wildlife-rich wetland, the land at Cors Dyfi has seen many changes over the last few hundred years. Today the reserve is a healthy mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub supporting a plethora of animals and plants, including the magnificent Osprey, which bred on the reserve for the first time in 2011. If you're lucky, you may also spot an otter or dormouse!


Dyfi 360 Oral History Project
The Dyfi 360 Observatory sits at the corner of three counties, it overlooks the meandering of the dark river and it quietly observes the ever-changing landscape. It is perfectly placed to capture so much of what goes on in and around the Dyfi valley.
As part of the 360 Project we want to record the people of this amazing place. We want to hear the stories about how it was, how things have changed and how it might be in the future. This is why we are launching a new Oral History Project from the 360 Observatory at Cors Dyfi.
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers to join the project. The project group will be trained to collect and record interviews, and will be involved in collating and producing a presentation that will be displayed in the 360 Observatory later next year. We are also looking for people who would like to share their stories and memories of the area and the river.
The training session for those wanting to collect and record interviews will take place on Monday 26th January in Machynlleth. However, there will be other opportunities to get involved if you are unable to make this date. Places are limited so please book early if you would like to attend.
In addition to stories and interviews we would also be interested in any old pictures or artefacts you may have of the area or work that took place here.
For more information about the project or to get involved please contact:
Kim Williams 01654 781414