two ospreys


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  • Location: Glaslyn Valley, Porthmadog, Wales
  • Source: Glaslyn Wildlife
  • Info: Live streaming webcam showing ospreys in Wales. The webcam is located at a nest of breeding ospreys in the Glaslyn Valley, Porthmadog.

    The two breeding ospreys are called Mrs G and the male is Aran. Mrs G is the oldest breeding female osprey in Wales. She has been at the site since 2004 and has successfully raised 38 chicks to date.

    The osprey webcam and visitor centre is run by Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife which is a community interest company involving wildlife enthusiasts and volunteers. The nest is located in the stunning Glaslyn Valley, near Porthmadog in North Wales. The visitor centre is at nearby Pont Croesor, which stands alongside the beautiful Afon Glaslyn, set against the inspiring backdrop of Snowdonia.

    Surprisingly, there is no official written records existing of ospreys breeding in Wales until 2004. However there are many references to them over the centuries – for example - the medieval Welsh manuscript 'The Mabinogion' tells the tale of “The Eagle of Gwernabwy”, described as being “the one who has wandered most”, attempting to catch a salmon from Llyn (lake) Lliw, so large that it is almost drowned. This eagle is likely to be an osprey. Also the Coat of Arms of the city of Swansea, granted in 1316, features an osprey suggesting that they once bred in the area. The coat of arms of West Glamorgan also bears an osprey.

    The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water which is able to provide an adequate food supply. Ospreys are found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America they occur only as non-breeding migrants.