About the talk
This week’s Bangor University Zoological Society talk was given by Gywn Harrison, who focused on how the ospreys of Glaslyn came to be protected and appreciated.
Ospreys were first recorded in the area in 2003, when a originally from Scotland was spotted. In 2004, he was joined by a female and they successfully raised two chicks in the first year.
Harrison has been involved in the project since the first osprey sighting. He and other local wildlife enthusiasts had a vision of creating awareness of and engagement with ospreys by the local community and others.
The original visitor centre was in a field around 1km away from the nest. It has since moved and expanded, with the numbers of visitors increasing from thousands in 2004 to hundreds of thousands over the first five years.
Harrison covered some of the financial side of the project, which has not always been easy to manage. As such, they rely on volunteers to keep the visitor centre and admin side running.
As the project has gained traction, so has Wales’ osprey population. 33 chicks have been successfully raised in the North Wales area alone.
Mrs G., who first bred at the site in 2004 (source: http://www.glaslynwildlife.co.uk/glaslyn-osprey-profiles/).
Thoughts on the talk
I found this talk engaging and informative. Harrison had a clear passion for the ospreys, which came across well in his presentation.
It was interesting to see the financial side of the project covered, something which I have rarely seen in a presentation. I feel it highlighted the difficulties which projects such as this one can face.
Harrison mentioned volunteering for the project, which is something I would be interested in. I have found volunteering to be immensely rewarding (and may write about my various experiences in future posts).
In the future, I would be interested in helping set up a project like this. However, as with many things, finances are always a hurdle.