On Monday 27 April, some of the staff and volunteers of the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes in Cilgerran visited the RSPB’s Ynys-Hir Nature Reserve and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Cors Dyfi Reserve and Observatory near Machynlleth. The trip was arranged by the staff of the Welsh Wildlife Centre as an opportunity to thank the volunteers for their hard work and commitment and it was also a great social occasion for the group.
The first stop of the day was to Ynys Hir Nature Reserve in Eglwysfach. The reserve is roughly 550 hectares in size and has a huge range of habitats including woodland, wetland, saltmarsh and a new boardwalk across the raised bog. The site has been managed by the RSPB since 1970.The team were given a brief talk by people engagement officer, Roger Whiteway before setting off on an adventurous six mile walk around the reserve. Many different types of birds were spotted including pied flycatchers, redstarts, swallows and swifts, Canada and greylag geese and many warbler species including chiffchaff and willow, sedge and grasshopper warblers.
The weather held out for most of the day despite a relatively poor forecast. Somewhat typically, the heavens opened as the group started to make their way back from the furthest hide but it soon abated allowing the group to dry off before heading back to the coach to visit the second destination of the day.
Three miles north of Ynys Hir lies Cors Dyfi, a nature reserve managed by Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust. Cors Dyfi is famed for its breeding pair of osprey called Monty and Glesni who currently have a clutch of three eggs on an artificial nest designed specifically to attract ospreys. The pair have been breeding at Cors Dyfi for the past three years. Upon arrival, the group were given the opportunity to talk with members of staff and volunteers at the impressively designed observatory. From the observatory, the group were able to gain exceptional views of both Monty and Glesni using the telescopes provided.
Both Ynys Hir and Cors Dyfi were featured on BBC’s Springwatch for three years between 2011 and 2013 and both places have become incredibly popular with visitors in the north Ceredigion area. The group had a thoroughly enjoyable time and are now looking forward to planning their second excursion, hopefully to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Skomer Island in June.
Volunteering at the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes can be rewarding in many ways. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends, engage with the local community and tourists, gain new skills and experiences and have a lot of fun at the same time! If you are interested in joining the team, please pop into the Centre or call 01239 621600.