Posted: Sun 2nd May 2021

Hopes raised ospreys will still have family at Llyn Brenig despite nesting platform being cut down

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Hopes have been raised that two ospreys will still breed at a beauty spot in North Wales despite their nesting platform being cut down. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

There has been an angry reaction after the pair’s nest at Llyn Brenig, which is located on the border between Denbighshire and Conwy, was cut down with a chainsaw on Friday. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Police have pledged to find the person responsible after sharing footage of the moment it was brought down, which occurred shortly after the female osprey had laid an egg. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Efforts have since been made to encourage the two birds to use another nesting site nearby by using a decoy egg. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

In a message posted this morning, members of the Brenig Osprey Project said: “Thank you all for the tremendous support you are giving to our ospreys, LM6 and LJ2, and to us the partners of the Brenig Osprey Project, Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water and North Wales Wildlife Trust. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“This photo (shown above) was taken at 6.45 this morning. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Both ospreys were on the perch looking at where their nest should be. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​


“Other ospreys are also around the Brenig area. Late yesterday afternoon a third osprey was spotted around the Brenig nest site, whereas last week they allowed an osprey to sit on their nest, yesterday they were seen defending their breeding territory. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Their bond is strong, they have mated again today and we hope they will still have a family here at Brenig. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We will keep you updated with all the developments from site, please refer to our social media for the latest updates.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Posting on Twitter yesterday, the North Wales Police rural crime team said: “We are truly appalled by last night’s disgraceful act at Llyn Brenig. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Wildlife crimes always have a motive and we believe the person who did this had a strong motive to rid the area of ospreys and particularly the lake ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Initial enquiries show that the offender(s) possibly arrived by boat to chainsaw the platform.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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