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    Welsh Police Issue Osprey Warning

    NewsBirds of Prey NewsTuesday 21 June 2011
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    Police in Mid Wales have issued warnings to ensure that the public does not disturb the country’s first pair of young nesting osprey chicks in 400 years. This comes after reports of two incidents that threatened the young birds of prey’s lives.  The ospreys have nested in the Dyfi Estuary area of western Wales.

    According to Emyr Evans of the Dyfi Osprey Project, “Two idiots caught the train from Aberystwyth, walked towards the birds and the parents were so alarmed they stayed in the air for half an hour dive bombing them.

    “In the second incident last week, the three chicks had hatched and the distressed parents were up in the air again, leaving them open to attack from goshawks, peregrine falcons or even crows.” He went on to explain that the osprey is Wales’s rarest bird and its eggs need to be maintained at a temperature of 36C from the warmth of their parents or they will die – hence the importance of not disturbing the parents. Wildlife crime officer for Dyfed-Powys, Sergeant Matthew Howells, said that those wanting to learn more about the birds should visit Dyfi Osprey Centre and view the nest live via large plasma TVs.

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