Glaslyn Osprey Project


With amazing views of Snowdon and the surrounding mountain ranges, Glaslyn Valley offers some of the most scenic and wildlife-rich areas in Wales.

Glaslyn Osprey Project - visitor centre

Last updated: 05 April 2011

Osprey used to be found over much of Britain, but heavy persecution during the 19th century and early 20th century brought about their demise.

The first pair of breeding Ospreys in Wales (since persecution) were first discovered in 2004 but unfortunately a storm caused the nesting tree to collapse and no chicks were raised.

A platform was erected on top of the old tree in the hope of attracting the pair the following year, and it proved successful.

The birds have returned every year since, making the long flight over from West Africa to breed and raise their young on Welsh trout.

The upper reaches of the Glaslyn estuary are a great location for osprey - with conifers for nesting and excellent fishing.

Sea, rainbow and brown trout are all on the menu and, as the weather warms up the grey mullet will come inshore and also be eaten.

An osprey at Glaslyn

An osprey at Glaslyn

From late March through to September this is the place to come and see Wales' only pair of breeding ospreys.

The RSPB viewing site is at Pont Croesor, around two miles from Porthmadog.

Open daily from 10am-6pm, you can use high-powered telescopes to get get a close-up view of the ospreys. And when the birds aren't on the nest, recent footage can be viewed on widescreen plasma monitors.

You can read more about the Glaslyn osprey project on the BBC North West Wales website.

Pont Croesor, Prenteg, LL49 9 Porthmadog, United Kingdom

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