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Ospreys attract 25,000 visitors

The osprey in flight
One of the ospreys in flight over the nesting area

A nature reserve in Powys is expecting its 25,000th visitor just four months after a pair of ospreys moved into a man-made nest.

The birds of prey have settled in a 50ft (15.2m) nest at Cors Dyfi reserve near Machynlleth.

There are only two pairs of nesting ospreys in Wales, the others are in the Glaslyn Valley near Porthmadog.

The nest in Powys is built on top of a telegraph pole, and is dotted with white paint to resemble bird droppings.

Experts said this made it more authentic.

The female osprey on the nest was joined by a new partner in June after her first love abandoned her.

But it is too late for the new pairing to produce chicks this year.

Emyr Evans of Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust's Dyfi Osprey Project, who manages the reserve, put the success down to the nature reserve's good facilities.

"We're expecting the 25,000th visitor today (Friday)," said Mr Evans.

"Much of the success is down to the 30 volunteers we have at the reserve and the three wildlife and osprey experts here.

"The birds have been a huge draw, but there are also wild flowers and amphibians here during the summer."

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