I went to the Élan Valley yesterday (sun 13th) and as is always the way I made a trip over to Gilfach too. I was chatting to Pip in the centre yard and he advised me that the trust have introduced a few changes.
Photographers are NOT allowed to use tripods or monopods in the yard area anymore.
No one is allowed to bring food for the birds, including mealworms.
No one must get too near the birds as to cause disturbance.
Pip assures me that he tried to fight the photographers corner, he pointed out that the photographers that attend increase the funds raised dramatically and that the birds are ensured a good food supply for the chicks. Unfortunately even the suggestion of a permit for photographers did not help.
Of course photographers are still welcome at the reserve, and welcome to use Tripods etc in other areas.
I wonder if this is the first stand by Nature trusts against photographers. I hope not.