Mrs G reappeared in the Glaslyn valley this week

Mrs G reappeared in the Glaslyn valley this week

A migrant has been welcomed by locals in north Wales after making a journey of thousands of miles.

Osprey Mrs G flew into her adopted home on the fringe of Snowdonia, delighting wildlife sanctuary managers and members of the public who were able to see her arrival via a surveillance camera.

The bird of prey has made the huge journey returning to Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife 13 times, but this year was the first time followers of the Glaslyn Osprey Project were able to witness Mrs G’s arrival online. The raptor appeared at the nest at 5.47pm on Wednesday.

Wildlife project manager Gruff Owen said: “The news and video of the returning Mrs G spread quickly on social media, getting thousands of likes and hundreds of shares online.

“The female osprey did not wait around for long. After a few seconds on her perch she took off to find somewhere else to rest for the evening.

“The following morning Mrs G proved to the cameras that she had not lost any of her talent for catching big fish when she brought home a lively sea trout. Online viewers were treated to an impressive vocal display as she warned off a pair of mischievous jackdaws intent on taking her prize.

“Mrs G has successfully reared young at the Glaslyn site every year since 2005 and in order to do so again she will have to await the return of a suitable partner.”

The Glaslyn Ospreys are the most successful recorded osprey nest site in Wales. In 2005 two chicks were fledged, and a public viewing area was set up by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, generating huge public interest.

Since then the birds have returned annually to their nest in the Glaslyn Valley north of Porthmadog, attracting more than 300,000 people to the viewing site to see the ospreys.

In 2012, the RSPB decided to offer the management of the venture to the local community. In response, a community group has established a not for profit community interest company under the name Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife.

The wildlife centre recently launched a public appeal to fund the live cameras at the osprey nest.

Newly appointed project manager, Mr Owen, who is also media officer for the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, said: “Promoting opportunities for the public to understand and enjoy the wildlife of the Glaslyn area is one of our key aims so it’s important that we don’t place financial barriers for people who would like to become involved in our work.

“For this reason we don’t charge for access to our viewing site and we don’t want to charge for access to our feed.

“By donating to this appeal you’ll be helping us maintain this and continue our ethos of free and open access to nature for everybody.”

Details of how to donate are on the Glaslyn Ospreys website.