Just a reminder here about the forthcoming annual William Condry memorial lecture taking place at The 'Tabernacle/MoMA in Penrallt Street Machynlleth starting at 7pm on Thursday 6th October. The actual lecture will be delivered at 8pm and this year it will be given by Paul Evans, 'Guardian' country diarist, writer and presenter of the BBC Radio Four wildlife programme.
'Bill', by which he was affectionately known, is recognised as one of Wales' most acclaimed natural historians and of course amongst his many books he wrote the 'Natural History Of Wales' in the New Naturalist series.
Ospreys bred for the first time this year in centuries on the Dyfi Estuary appropriately on the 'William Condry Reserve' which is part of the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust reserve at 'Cors Dyfi' near Machynlleth. Bill I'm sure would have been extremely pleased with the outcome. In October 1979 I spent a memorable week on Ramsey Island with Bill and R.S.Thomas and we had a visit from an Osprey then on its way to it African wintering grounds. It was fishing for tench in one of the island pools. Ospreys were quite a rarity in Wales then and in fact as far as I'm aware it was the 1st record for the island. How could we have foreseen in those long off days that this charismatic raptor would once again gain a foothold in Wales! This story is beginning to mirror the success of the breeding programme of the Red Kite. I wonder how many pairs of Ospreys will be breeding in Wales in 100 years time!
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