Tourism Bosses Eggstatic About Osprey Chicks
Mid Wales tourism bosses are hoping for big influx of visitors in the coming weeks following exciting news that two osprey chicks have hatched on a nature reserve near Machynlleth.
The parent ospreys arrived at Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Cors Dyfi Reserve at Derwenlas in April and produced three eggs. The first egg hatched on Sunday afternoon followed by the second on Monday morning.
The reserve is located next to the five star Morben Isaf Holiday Home and Touring Park - www.morbenisaf.co.uk - where managers Dave and Jayne Hollingworth are ‘egg-static’ that all the hard work put in by the Dyfi Osprey Project team over the past three years has finally paid off.
Jayne was at the project’s visitor centre to see the first chick hatch at 3.35pm on Sunday. “I went over just in time to see a ball of fluff come out of one of the three eggs,” she said.
“Some people were in tears, possibly through a mixture of joy and relief. Everybody at the project was so emotional and it was lovely to be there to see the first chick hatch.
“Our owners on the park are thrilled by the news and there has been a lot of interest in the ospreys from visiting touring caravan owners and campers.”
Chris Packham from the BBC’s Springwatch team, who are currently located at the nearby RSPB reserve at Ynys Hir, was filming the ospreys on Monday.
“We are expecting a very busy weekend after the ospreys have appeared on Springwatch,” added Jane.
Morben Isaf Holiday Home and Touring Park has provided a caravan holiday home for volunteers from the Dyfi Osprey Project to use for the past three years.
Anne Lloyd-Jones, chairman of Mid Wales Tourism, an independent company representing more than 500 tourism and hospitality businesses, said the new arrivals were “fantastic” news for tourism in the region.
“Hopefully, these osprey chicks will attract a lot of visitors to the area over the coming weeks,” she added. “It’s really amazing how many people come every year to see the ospreys at Glaslyn, near Porthmadog.”
Neil Bale, Tourism Partnership Mid Wales chairman, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the ospreys have hatched successfully. This wonderful news highlights the special wildlife and biodiversity of Mid Wales.
“Wildlife is a very important attraction in Mid Wales and we hope lots of people will want to come and see the osprey chicks.”
‘Elated Dyfi Osprey Project manager Emyr Evans said: “This is a wondrous event for us and for the ospreys. It was in 1604 that ospreys were last recorded breeding on the Dyfi and now we are witnessing history in the making.
“The osprey is Wales’ rarest bird of prey and today we are delighted to be able to say that Wales has two breeding pairs. It’s incredible to think that the last time an osprey chick hatched in the Dyfi estuary, James I had just succeeded Elizabeth I to the throne!
“I’m so pleased for local people and communities that have put so much into the Dyfi Osprey Project over the last three years. This is the perfect reward for their hard work. More than 60 volunteers donate their time to the project and over 15,000 people have visited this year so far.”
Mr Evans believes the father of the chicks, who has been named ‘Monty’, may himself have been born near Welshpool in 2004. A single chick hatched at the secret nest location but the parents failed to return the following year.
Dyfi Osprey Project is open between 10am and 6pm until September 12. More information on Facebook, Twitter and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust website www.montwt.co.uk