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Trespass twitchers warned by police.


POLICE are warning people not to try and find the site of an osprey nest in the Dyfi estuary.

Fears have been raised that the birds may be disturbed and that people may risk their safety crossing nearby railway tracks to catch a glimpse . The Dyfi Osprey Project has been working tirelessly for the last three years to reintroduce the Osprey bird to the area where they have not bred for over four years.

The project hosts only the second breeding pair of Ospreys in Wales and is therefore vital in the survival of the species in Wales and the UK. This year three chicks have successfully hatched, but this has attracted unwanted attention.

A police spokesman said: "Dyfed Powys Police and British Transport Police are advising members of the public not to attempt to locate the Osprey nesting ground in the Dyfi Estuary area.

"Recent incidents have highlighted the vulnerability of the Osprey to humans and it is therefore crucial to their survival that members of the public do not attempt to locate the nest.

"Those that want to learn more about this protected species are advised to visit the Dyfi Osprey Centre on the A487 south of Derwenlas near Machynlleth."

Sergeant Matthew Howells, Wildlife Crime and Environmental Sergeant for Dyfed Powys Police, said: "People are not only risking the future of these birds by disturbing them at their nesting sites, they are also risking their lives by walking along the railway tracks in an attempt to locate the nest.

"People are breaking the law by trespassing on the railway tracks, which is punishable by a fixed penalty."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2011
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