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Bid to lure ospreys to breed at Teifi Marshes reserve
Teifi Marshes
A range of habitats are supported at Teifi Marshes

A wildlife trust plans to try and lure rare ospreys to a new nesting site near Cardigan.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales aims to set up a nesting platform at its Teifi Marshes reserve by next spring.

The trust has already secured a 50ft tall telegraph pole as part of the proposed man-made nest.

But it has yet to decide where to place the nest on the 107-hectare site.

According to Nathan Walton, the trust's officer for Pembrokeshire, the next stage of the project is to design the nest and find the best location to attract ospreys at Teifi Marshes.

Habitats

"This reserve could be a good site for ospreys to nest at because they can feed from the nearby river Teifi and the Teifi estuary," said Mr Walton.

"But we have to find the right location to ensure the platform is secure and the ospreys have a good vantage point.

Osprey nesting at Cors Dyfi
Nests are placed on platforms so that ospreys can avoid predators

"Our main concerns are that the reserve is surrounded by human activity such as main roads and finding an inaccessible area that will deter egg thieves."

Teifi Marshes supports a range of habitats, including open pasture and well wooded hedgerows, alder and willow carr, freshwater marsh with open pools and reed beds and tidal mudbanks.

Mr Walton added: "Once the nesting platform is set up we might have to wait a couple of years before any ospreys arrive here.

"But as soon as any ospreys arrive we would look to install remote cameras viewing the platform linked to television monitors in the wildlife centre."




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