Cors Dyfi, Derwenlas, Powys, Wales
Cors Dyfi was originally part of the estuary but in the past it was reclaimed for grazing, it was then planted up as a plantation of conifers before eventually becoming the rich and diverse wetland it is today.
Cors Dyfi is also home to the Dyfi Osprey Project run by the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, Ospreys Pandion haliaetus have nested on the estuary since 2011 and are live streamed using a series of webcams located at the nesting sites and feeding roosts.
Although ospreys were seen it was from a great distance so I couldn’t get a clear image from here but that didn’t mean there wasn’t anything to see.
The reserve has a mixture of bog, wet woodland and scrub which cater for a wide range of wildlife, The Birch Betula spp. and Willow Salix spp. (1) provide feeding and nesting sites for Lesser Redpoll Pandion haliaetus (2)(3), these striking members of the finch family are often associated with northern birch forests. A few Robins Erithacus rubecula (6) were busy holding it’s territory whilst a single Blue Tit
Cyanistes caeruleus (9) was busy collecting moss for it’s nest.
Even though the weather was drab a large amount of White-Tailed Bumblebees Bombus lucorum (4) were collecting nectar from the flowering willow. In the drier parts of the bog large stands of
Myrica gale (10) dominated the landscape, its odd to think that all of this can be found on what once was a conifer plantation devoid of wildlife.