As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Dyfi ospreys' £1.4m observatory opens to the public

15 May 2014 Last updated at 07:26

A two-storey wildlife observatory at the home of one of only two known pairs of breeding ospreys in Wales has been officially opened.

The round wooden structure has been built at the Cors Dyfi nature reserve near Machynlleth, Powys, with help of nearly £1.4m worth of grants.

The first osprey chick in the Dyfi valley for 400 years hatched in 2011.

The site's breeding pair of Ospreys, Monty and Glesni, returned to their nesting ground from Africa in April.

The pair bred two chicks, Cerist and Clarach, last year.

They have bred again this spring and two eggs are expected to hatch next month.

'Higher level'
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust's Dyfi Osprey Project attracted 31,000 visitors last year.

The trust claims the new vantage point - which has three viewing levels - gives visitors the opportunity to experience the Dyfi ecosystem from a new perspective.

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