On International Day for Biodiversity, we’re pleased to showcase our latest interpretation project for the biodiversity of the Dyfi Biosphere in Wales
After a week on site in all weather for Marie Banks and many months of previous planning and design, we are really pleased to showcase our latest interpretation work at the Cors Dyfi Reserve and 360 Observatory in Montgomeryshire, west Wales.
This reserve is operated by Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust (MWT). It is within the Dyfi Biosphere, the only UNESCO designated Biosphere in Wales, and is also home to the Dyfi Osprey Project. We have been privileged to work with MWT staff to design and install some brand new interpretation panels which we hope will enhance the visitor experience on the reserve. The Ospreys are resident between April and September when they breed on the reserve so we were lucky to observe them close up whilst installing the panels with staff from Leach Colour who produced the panels for us.
The new 360 Observatory, designed by architects White Design, with whom we worked on the initial concepts, sits sensitively in the landscape and provides visitors not only with 360 degree views of the landscape, but also encourages visitors to think about the bigger picture – not just the Ospreys but all the other wildlife, plants and people that also make a living and their homes in the Biosphere. The Dyfi Biosphere is a ‘learning site’ where sustainable living practices are tried and tested to help us live, work and play in harmony with the environment for future generations, so it is appropriate that we can showcase this great project on the 2014 International Day for Biodiversity. Having worked with MWT throughout the Heritage Lottery Fund application process and helped to secure funding for the development of the project, it was a great climax to the project to witness the official opening of the 360 Observatory by Dr Manon Williams last Thursday 15th May.
You can watch the current pair of Ospreys, Monty and Glesni, on the nest via the Dyfi Osprey Project’s live stream – Warning! This may lead to much lower levels of productivity as it is addictive!