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RSPB Cymru withdraws from Osprey Project

Osprey numbers are doing well in the area Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Cymru has confirmed its intention to pull out of managing the Glaslyn Osprey Project near Porthmadog.

According to the RSPB, the decision is 'in no way a reflection of the work done there by our staff and volunteers'. The group says the decision was due to the need to 're-prioritise' other declining species.

A worrying amount of Wales’ wildlife is in catastrophic decline and RSPB Cymru has a very limited amount of resources to try and achieve and overwhelming amount of work. The good news is that, despite the fact that ospreys are some of Wales’ rarest breeding birds, they are doing well. It looks likely that the species will continue to expand its range in Wales in the future with limited conservation intervention.

– Spokesperson, RSPB Cymru

RSPB Cymru maintains that the Glaslyn Osprey Project is very popular, and is working with the Glaslyn Osprey Forum to look at ways of handing over the project to the local community.

Disappointed as we are by the need to withdraw from managing this project, RSPB Cymru does consider the potential of handing it over to the local community as a positive step. If we can find a way to help the enthusiastic volunteers in the community, to take care of their local wildlife and show it to more people, this is one way in which we can encourage more people to step up for nature, whilst focusing our limited resources on the highest conservation priorities.

– Spokesperson, RSPB Cymru

RSPB have spoken of the need to focus their attention on species such as curlew and lapwing, whose populations have declined over recent years. According to RSPB, if these species numbers continue to decrease, they could soon become extinct in the wild.