Majestic

Ospreys

at Llyn Brenig

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Llyn Brenig Ospreys


Ospreys have made us their home since 2013 and may be seen here from April until August.

This spectacular fish-eating bird of prey is incredibly rare because of its historical decline and low breeding numbers. We feel very humbled that they choose us for their home.


Large screens in the visitor centre stream live from the Llyn Brenig osprey nest-cam and perch-cam.

They will enable you to follow all the drama throughout the season, from first arrival, squabbles, interlopers and feeding. Maybe you will even be the first to see this year’s chicks hatch.


With scopes available to use for free from the North Wales Wildlife Trust Osprey Lookout, you can see the pair nesting from a safe distance from Sailing Club Bay from April to the end of August.

Or for a closer-up experience, North Wales Wildlife Trust are helping to staff our Osprey Hide.


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Llyn Brenig Osprey Cameras


Brenig Osprey Project

A collaboration between Llyn Brenig and North Wales Wildlife Trust


The Llyn Brenig Osprey project began in 2013. 

We built the first nests using wood recovered from the visitor centre when the café was redeveloped in the previous winter. These were used to put together the basic structure of three nesting platforms. They were mounted on telegraph poles around the site, that were felt to be sufficiently quiet, yet also accessible for maintenance by cherry pickers.

By 2015, the first signs of success were beginning to emerge. A young male known as CU2 “Jimmy” decided to call the area its home.

In 2018, the team decided to focus all preparation effort on the nest they had shown such interest in during 2017. Trail cameras were mounted and extra perches were added, both on the nest and in nearby woodland.

In 2020, we were able to see that three eggs had been laid. One egg was taken by a crow. Two of the eggs did hatch, but the youngest did not survive. The one remaining chick did well and was named Dwynwen. It fledged in July. Sadly, it was killed after being struck by a wind turbine blade a few weeks later.

In 2021, the ospreys returned but the nesting site was callously felled by vandals with a chainsaw in April, destroying the nest. The birds remained in the area for the remainder of the summer but did not find an alternative nesting site so did not breed. Once they had left for the winter, a team from Openreach and GT Williams Engineering replaced the pole for free and in early 2022, colleagues from Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water winched a new nesting platform into place.

In 2022, two chicks were raised to migration by LM6 and LJ2; Blue X6 Olwen and Blue KA9 Gelert.  We hope to see them return to the area in 2024 as two-year olds.

2023 was also a successful season. Two chicks were raised; Blue 7B5 Dilys, hatched 27 May and last seen at Llyn Brenig 30 August.  Also, Blue 7B6 Mari, hatched 29 May and last seen at Llyn Brenig 26 August.

A new 4k nest cam has now been installed which is capable of capturing super-detailed images of the beautiful raptors and their behaviour in the nest.

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Book The Llyn Brenig Osprey Hide


Bird Hide at Llyn Brenig

Why not enjoy a date with nature at our specially constructed hide that gets you within 150m of the nest?

The hide is kitted out with one-way glass, snoods, gimbals and even comfy seats. North Wales Wildlife Trust staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the ospreys.

Groups of up to four can book places on the Llyn Brenig website or directly at the Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre.

In order to minimise disruption to the ospreys, we regret that dogs are not allowed.

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North Wales Wildlife Trust Osprey Lookout


Have you been to the Osprey Lookout at Llyn Brenig?

There’s no better way to appreciate the beauty of nature than to come and witness it first-hand.

Open daily 10am to 5pm all summer with North Wales Wildlife Trust volunteers and staff on hand to answer all your osprey-related questions.

Just follow the flags and signs past the sailing club…

Osprey Lookout at Llyn Brenig

The Llyn Brenig Osprey Exhibition


Situated in the Visitor Centre, spread your wings to explore the exhibition, learn about the project history and follow our birds throughout the seasons.

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Osprey Conservation Plan


Authored by Dr Tim Mackrill of the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation on behalf of Dŵr Cymru and North Wales Wildlife Trust, Llyn Brenig’s Osprey Conservation Plan sets out the conservation measures required to protect the breeding ospreys at the site.

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Volunteer


We need your help! Volunteers are required for the 2024 osprey season at Llyn Brenig and also online as part of Osprey Watch.

To find out more about these opportunities or to apply please email:

volunteer@dwrcymru.com

Upcoming Events

28
Jul
Llyn Brenig Open

Join us for an exhilarating day of fly-fishing to showcase your skills in our prestigious singles competition.

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4-3
May   Aug
Fish Farm Tours

Meet our dedicated fish farmers and gain insight into the nurturing of our stock of rainbow and brown trout.

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28
Sep
Monster Mash (Autumn)

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to cast your line in the exclusion zone surrounding the fish farm…

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16-22
Mar   Dec
Tagged Fish Competition

Find a tag and you could hook yourself a whopping £1000 in our Tagged Fish Competition.

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