Posted: Fri 22nd Oct 2021

Security to be stepped up to protect Llyn Brenig ospreys after chainsaw attack on nesting platform

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 22nd, 2021

Security is set to be stepped up to protect an osprey nesting site in North Wales. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

It comes in a bid to prevent any future incidents after the birds’ nesting platform at Llyn Brenig was destroyed when someone took a chainsaw to the pole on April 30th this year. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The rare and highly protected schedule one birds, which are offered the greatest protection in the UK, are iconic in Wales, with only a handful of known breeding pairs. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Sergeant Liam Jones of the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team said: “Despite all reasonable lines of enquiry having been explored, a viable suspect is yet to be identified and we are still unsure of the motive of this horrendous crime. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“As a result, we’re unable to rule out that there may be further attempts to harm the birds and their nesting platform in the future. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Because of this, we are in discussions with Dŵr Cymru and North Wales Wildlife Trust to decide how we can improve security around the nesting platform to reduce opportunities for a similar incident happening again. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We are hoping to commence our work over the coming months to make sure that they are in a safer environment for when they hopefully return to the area next spring.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Llyn Brenig is managed by Dŵr Cymru and is only the fifth breeding site for ospreys in Wales. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Due to Ospreys being a highly protected species, harming or disturbing one is a serious wildlife crime that carries a maximum prison sentence of six months and/or an unlimited fine. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Whilst this investigation has been filed, North Wales Police will investigate viable lines of enquiry. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact officers on 101, or via the live webchat, quoting reference 21000278247. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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