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Our fibre-optic cables will connect osprey nest-cameras to the web

24 February 2012

We’re supporting the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Dyfi Osprey project by donating 800 metres of fibre-optic cable so that their HD nest-camera video images can be transmitted to their visitor centre, and streamed live on their website.


The amount of data that high definition cameras generate is enormous and the only way to get the video images back to the visitor centre 800 metres away from the nest is via a fibre-optic cable.

Volunteers needed

In order to install the 800 metres of cable the Trust are asking for volunteers to help.

The Dyfi Osprey Project Manager, Emyr Evans, said: “The Dyfi Osprey Project is a community-led initiative and volunteers form the backbone of all we do. Pulling 800 metres of cable off a two tonne drum and across a peat bog is a logistical nightmare but with plenty of help and good coordination I’m positive we can do it.”

If you would like to take part, contact Emyr via the osprey project website.

The Dyfi Osprey Project

The Dyfi Osprey Project is supported by Communities and Nature (CAN) which is a strategic project led and managed by Countryside Council for Wales and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. The Dyfi Osprey Project is also funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

The osprey nest-cameras are powered by Network Rail.

Visitors will be able to see live, high definition camera footage from the nest at the visitor centre on large plasma screens, and also view the ospreys from a specially built tower-hide with telescopes and binoculars.

Fact file

  • The Dyfi Osprey Project is based at Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Cors Dyfi nature reserve in Derwenlas just south of Machynlleth, SY20 8SR. The reserve is open between 10:00 and 18:00 from 30 March 2012 to September 2012.
  • Ospreys only eat fish and British birds migrate to west Africa for the winter for a year round supply of food, avoiding frozen rivers and lakes here in the UK. Ospreys tend to spend their first two years in Africa and then return to breed when they are old enough.
  • There are over 200 pairs of ospreys in Scotland but only a handful of nests in England and just two pairs in Wales.

Dyfi ospreys being ringed and satellite tagged