Average lifespan: 9 years
When to seeMarch to September
AboutThe osprey is no stranger to fame and attention - its pursuits have been followed closely by nestcams in the locations where it breeds: Speyside and Perth in Scotland, Kielder, Cumbria and East Midlands in England, and the Dyfi Valley in Wales. A migratory bird, it is present in the UK in summer. Ospreys eat fish, catching them in spectacular fashion as they dive towards lakes and lochs, stretch out their talons and scooping them out of the water with ease.
How to identifyThe osprey is a brown-and-white bird which could possibly be mistaken for a seagull at a distance. The osprey is a large bird of prey with dark brown upperparts and contrasting white underparts that can appear mottled in females. Their heads are white with a dark brown through their eyes. Their wings during flight show strong barring and distinctively dark brown, angled ‘wrists’.
In our area
In 2007, we erected an Osprey platform on our Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, in response to an increasing number of Osprey sightings each spring and autumn. Our efforts were rewarded swiftly; by the following summer, a male Osprey was in residence, but he failed to attract a mate. We started our Dyfi Osprey Project in 2009 and our male, Monty, was around every summer, but it wasn't until 2011 when he finally attracted a female and successfully bred; Monty & Nora raised three chicks that year, the first breeding Ospreys recorded on the Dyfi in 400 years! Every year since, we have had breeding Ospreys at Cors Dyfi, helping to bring the species back to Wales.