Osprey appeal

Osprey appeal

Ready for the Return

Osprey by Peter Cairns-2020VISION

Please help us raise £15,000 to prepare for our ospreys’ return to Llyn Brenig and Gors Maen Llwyd Nature Reserve.

It took 400 years for breeding ospreys to return to Wales.  Even today, the number of pairs remains in single figures – they’re a species clinging to the landscape, under constant threat of persecution or disturbance.  Wonderfully, in 2018, a pair nested for the very first time at Llyn Brenig on the Denbigh Moors, just off the coast of the Wildlife Trust’s Gors Maen Llwyd Nature Reserve.  As you read this, they and their chick will be sunning themselves in Africa – we need to make sure they come back to a safe, wonderful, Welsh welcome!  We need to raise £15,000 to give them the best possible chance of thriving and help people see these magnificent birds – will you help us get Ready for the Return?

Ready for the Return

Please support our osprey appeal today.

A tale years in the making …

The story of the Llyn Brenig ospreys makes for fascinating reading.  The female, Blue 24, spent several years in West Wales looking for a mate – only to find herself eternally single, having failed to find a suitable male or been driven away by established birds – most notably Glesni, at Cors Dyfi.  In 2018, seasoned osprey-watchers were delighted to see her find a home at Llyn Brenig and raise a family of her own – with a new, Scottish partner called HR7.  (Their chick, thankfully, has a catchier, Welsh name: Luned.)  We want to make sure her story continues!

Engaging people really matters ...

Llyn Brenig is owned by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, who have already begun to prepare for Blue 24’s return by drafting plans for a new bird hide to help people get close to the birds without causing the disturbance that can risk their deserting the nest.  But a hide is only a small part of what’s needed.  We want to be able to talk to visitors – to tell Blue 24, HR7 and Luned’s stories to eager listeners.  As much as making improvements to habitat or keeping a watchful eye over nesting facilities, it’s telling tales of past persecution and the continuing need for protection (from rogue landowners and egg-thieves) that will really engage the public in osprey conservation.  Cameras, interpretation and people on the ground can all contribute to this – but none of it will happen without your help.

Next door neighbours ...

Our ospreys have chosen lovely next door neighbours – us!  Gors Maen Llwyd Nature Reserve is less than 300m from their chosen nest site, and an ideal spot to watch the birds in slightly wilder surroundings than a hide.  We need to make the reserve as welcoming as possible both to visitors and its special wildlife – all part of this upland ecosystem to which ospreys are a wonderful addition.  As well as these new arrivals, your support would help us manage this heather-covered moorland for its populations of black grouse, hen harrier, curlew and the iconic skylark. By making a donation to this appeal, you are making a difference for wildlife at Gors Maen Llwyd!