Friends of the Fowey Estuary

given access to virtually all the paperwork we will need with regard to construction and planning requirements. These were drawn up for the recent, similar, project in the Lynher and Tamar area which Peter Kent was involved with. The National Trust has offered to make the baskets which contain the artificial nests and which sit on top of the poles. They have also offered to help to get the poles into position. BT have indicated that they will assist in the provision of poles and positioning on site.

To proceed, we first have to obtain Planning Permission at a cost of about £200.

At Trenython on Monday evening there were 58 interested, enthusiastic people present. Peter Kent, a very experienced ornithologist, gave an extremely informative talk about the life cycle of Osprey and their historical presence in the UK and South West. He talked about the projects in Scotland, Rutland and Wales where the birds have bred in artificial nests and of the recently erected nests near Plymouth. He showed a map of the Fowey and Penpol Creek with the proposed sites for the poles.

With the next step being to raise the amount needed for the Planning Application, this enthusiastic group very kindly gave donations and many purchased Fowey Osprey photo cards and books donated to us by Karen Wells-West and we are very pleased to have raised enough to go ahead immediately!

We very much appreciate the support of so many members, friends and local people.

Osprey meeting at Trenython 2 March 2015