Osprey platform felled with chainsaw


North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT) has revealed this morning [1 May 2021] that its osprey platform at Llyn Brenig, south-west of Denbigh, was felled overnight by a chainsaw.

NWWT tweeted: "Brenig Osprey Project partners woke up this morning to the worst possible news.

"Last night, at 9.42 pm, someone took a chainsaw to the osprey nest and felled it – please, please be kind to staff this weekend as we work out how to respond to this horrific act of vandalism."

The scene at the Llyn Brenig osprey platform on the morning of 1 May 2021 (NWWT).

Up to three Western Ospreys have been visiting the platform in recent days, including a settled pair of three-year-old Scottish birds that were breeding for the first time. Nesting had just begun, with the first egg laid at 4.15 pm on 29 April. The news is a huge blow to the project at such a crucial time in the season.

If anyone has any information that may help identify the individuals responsible, please let NWWT know or contact the police with crime reference Z059734.

Find out more about the Brenig Osprey Project at the NWWT website.

This shot, showing three Western Ospreys at the platform, was taken just a few days ago, on 27 April, The first egg was laid on 29 April (NWWT).