BGGW Live Streaming Appeal 2017.

                                         Glaslyn Pair 2005

If you were a follower of Glaslyn back in 2005 the webcam images you would have seen then were somewhat different to those you see today. The still webcam image updated once every five minutes and as the camera was in a fixed position, looking down upon the nest, it was mostly the tops of the heads of the ospreys that we saw.

                        “Glaslyn Osprey Project 2005”

By 2007 the RSPB, who managed the Glaslyn Osprey Project at that time, had installed a new camera system. It was a PTZ system that allowed the camera to scan around the valley and zoom in on the birds. The camera was at the forefront of the technology of the time and it allowed the RSPB to show great images at the visitor centre, but the webcam still only showed a still image once every five minutes.

                            “Glaslyn webcam image in 2010”

BGGW took over the management of the project from the RSPB in 2014 and we installed new HD cameras on the nest, allowing us to take some fantastic footage of the birds. However, the remote location of the nest site and the proximity of the visitor centre to the BT network continued to give us problems with getting the images online. Finally on 29th August 2015, live images were beamed from the Glaslyn nest to the worldwide web for the very first time. It was dark and late in the evening and there were not actually any birds on the nest at the time, but it was a huge achievement for all of the volunteers of BGGW, as we had finally overcome a logistical and technical nightmare.

                                “Glaslyn Chicks 2014”

Last year the drama of the Glaslyn nest unfolded to the world for the entire season with both sound and vision. There was the excitement of Mrs G and Aran arriving back from their winter migration, the arrival of Blue 5F for her second year in the Glaslyn Valley. Then there were the visits from Clarach, who made herself feel very at home on the Glaslyn nest for a few hours during May. There was the delight of watching the chicks hatch and eventually fledge the nest, followed by extreme concern when W8 injured her foot. We took the decision not to intervene, although our fantastic volunteers stepped forward to help us double up on protection shifts at short notice so that the area around the nest could be closely monitored. This was nature in the raw, not Disney and we did not know what the outcome would be at the time. There was a happy ending however and all four of the Glaslyn ospreys looked in great condition when they eventually left us in early September.

Much progress has been made over the years and it is essential to the future of the project that we continue to build on what has already been achieved. During the autumn months we were faced with a difficult decision. What to do about the 5F platform? The decision was made to leave the platform in situ and to install a camera. With the help of our volunteers the necessary infrastructure was put into place and a camera was installed. On March 28th we were able to watch that magic moment when Blue 5F touched down on her nest.

Our eager volunteers are also playing an active part in raising money for this years live streaming appeal. You may have read our recent posts about the Harlech Triathlon. Every penny donated towards the triathlon appeal will go into the pot for our larger live streaming appeal. Everyone is keen to help and see the project go from strength to strength. But we cannot do it alone.

Last year thanks to your kind generosity we achieved our target of £10,000. Please help us to achieve our £10,000 target again this year. Together we can do this. Every last penny counts.



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