Gŵyl y Gweilch 2019

During the bank holiday weekend, we welcomed over 700 visitors to Pont Croesor for Gŵyl y Gweilch! We would like to thank each and every one of you for showing your support. Of course, it would not have been possible at all without the work of our dedicated volunteers. Those who helped to organise, erected marquees, baked cakes, and those who came every day to work hard and raise money with stalls and raffles. We are grateful to Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway and Plas Glyn y Weddw for their generosity in lending us their marquees. As luck would have it, the heavy rain didn’t come until the moment we decided to take them down late on Monday afternoon! And so a special thank you goes to those who stayed with us and got soaked to the bone even when they were tired after such a busy weekend.

Thank you to the stallholders for bringing their wonderful art and crafts and the local businesses who donated to our tombola and raffle prizes. Thanks to Oen Aran Lamb and Hufen Ia Aran for keeping us well fed. It’s apt they share their name with the great Glaslyn fish provider! We wouldn’t like to admit how many ice creams we purchased over the weekend… but we had to sample all the flavours! Thanks also to Dafydd Davies, the landowner for letting us take advantage of the space for the weekend and allowing guided bird walks through his field. One of the great attractions of the weekend was the magnificent birds of prey on display, from the majestic eagle owl to the formidable ferruginous hawk. Our thanks go to falconers Benjie and Mev of Airborne Warriors and Mike Smith of Wolves of the Sky for showing these wonderful birds and teaching us about the various raptors we wouldn’t otherwise get to see. 

On the Sunday during Gŵyl y Gweilch, Ian Cooper of Mountain Escapes led a walk up our Welsh Matterhorn, Cnicht. All proceeds from the walk were donated to BGGW and as the clouds cleared, those who took part in the walk to support our ospreys were treated to the spectacular view from the top. The rest of us were all waving from the comfort of the VC! Thank you, Ian, for your generosity, we can’t think of a better way to support wildlife than treading the mythical hills of Wales and taking in the breathtaking views of Snowdonia.

“Having 5 at camp 4 just before heading into the death zone and up to the summit”

If you would like to take part in one of Mountain Escape’s walks, Ian will be leading a walk up Snowdon on 27th July, also to raise money for BGGW. This could be your chance to reach the peak of the highest summit in Wales whilst also contributing to the protection of the Glaslyn ospreys. What are you waiting for!?

Only one other thing made the weekend even more special, and that was the arrival of the chicks! Gŵyl y Gweilch was partly held over the late May bank holiday weekend as we knew it was the best chance of seeing the chicks on the nest or at least being hatched. What great serendipity that the third chick of the season made an appearance the day before our celebration began! 

We look forward to welcoming you back next year…