Osprey at Glaslyn – Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife

Not so very long ago the Osprey was a very rare sight indeed but thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers at Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife (BGGW) the Osprey population is being nurtured and increased.  Now you can learn more about their fantastic work and maybe even spot an Osprey or two at their new visitor’s centre. One of the most spectacular sights in Snowdonia National Park is that of the majestic Osprey soaring across our wide open skies. We are lucky enough here at Bryn Bella not only to be surrounded by utterly gorgeous scenery but also to have access to an abundance of beautiful wildlife such as the Osprey. Historical records dating back to medieval times refer back to the Ospreys presence in Wales and point to the bird being a special symbol for our ancestors.   Unfortunately, by the mid eighteenth century their numbers were vastly reduced as a result of hunting and the work of egg collectors.  By the early twentieth century it was thought that the Osprey had disappeared from Wales forever.  Then back in the early noughties something pretty magical happened.   A sighting of a summering osprey and the further discovery of an Osprey nest by a cyclist could mean only one thing, Ospreys had returned to Wales and they had chosen a beautiful spot over the river Glaslyn as their home. The RSPB originally stepped in to ensure that this special pair of breeding birds was protected and in 2013 BGGW staffed by a team of dedicated wildlife volunteers and enthusiasts took over this special responsibility.  The Glaslyn nest has seen the arrival of new chicks each year since it was discovered and Osprey numbers across the UK continue to rise.   The brand new Pont Croeser Visitor Centre opened to the public in 2015 and has been a roaring success.  Here you can find out more about the Ospreys themselves along with the history of the project plus use telescopes to spot the rare birds themselves.   A live stream is also available at the visitors centre and online to make sure you can keep up with happenings in the nest any time of day or night. Less than 40 minutes away from Bryn Bella by car we recommend a trip to Pont Croeser Visitor Centre to all our guests.  Whether you are an experienced twitcher or an interested novice the experience of encountering these majestic […]

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Trefriw Walking Festival

The Trefriw Walking Festival is host to many free walking programmes, activities and events from the 20th to the 22nd of May 2016.  This popular walking festival is perfect for hard-core and family adventurers alike, with three days of wild exploration in the foothills of the gorgeous Carneddau mountains. The festival has been running for a few years now, and this year they are hoping to raise some money for the festivals upkeep. All the walks are free but they are asking for a small donation of £4 for a half day and £8 for a full day. This is so that the festival and the fun can continue next year! Not only are there lots of walks and activities going on but there is also a Historical Exhibition of Trefriw’s history, the Trefriw Woollen Mills Weaving and Mill Museum and a Cake Fest and Raffle with loads of great prizes to be won! Not to mention all of the nearby activities and breath-taking locations for you to discover, such as Llyn Crafnant Trout Fishing, the Rock Climbing Company, Merlin Outdoors, Nant Bwlch yr Haearn, Surf Snowdonia, Snowdonia Safaris and Trefriw itself! Trefriw Walking Festival  Walk Program Friday the 20th of May Early Bird Walk – Moderate Dams and Turbines – Moderate/Strenuous Multi Activity Adventure Day – Moderate Betws to Trefriw – Moderate From Fleece to Fabric – Easy Spring Flowers Medicinal and other uses – Easy/Moderate Saturday the 21st of May Gorge Scramble for Kids – Moderate Tryfan and the Glyders – Strenuous high terrain 10 Lakes – Moderate/Strenuous In the Footsteps of the Drovers – Moderate Photography Walks x2 – Moderate Geocaching for All – Easy/Moderate/Families Beneath the Bandages – Easy Pot Luck – Graded to suit participants Sunday the 22nd of May Gorge Scramble for the Adventurous – Moderate Over the Tops – Strenuous high terrain Natural History of Snowdonia – Moderate Mills, Mines and more – Moderate A Walk in Nature for Families – Easy/Families Navigation and Knots – Moderate Pot Luck – Graded to suit participants The Cake Walk – Easy/Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs Cake Fest and Raffle For more detailed information on each of the individual walks and activities make sure you visit Trefriw Walking Festival site. And if you are looking for somewhere to stay why not stay with us at Bryn Bella Guest House it’s the perfect location, surrounded by stunning […]

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