An exciting new project is taking place as part of the Broads Authority’s Water, Mills and Marshes scheme. The initiative has been named ‘Wild Watch’ and gives members of the public the chance to book a trail camera entirely free of charge.
The aim of the scheme is to get individuals, families, nature groups and schools out in their gardens, or other wild areas and capturing video footage of their local wildlife. The cameras will be on loan from five centres located in the Water, Mills and Marshes area including Whitlingham County Park, Great Yarmouth Yacht Station, Wheat Fen Nature Reserve, SWT Carlton Marshes, and Earsham Wetland Centre and will be available via online booking. Once the footage has been captured, the best images and videos will be featured on the official Wild Watch Instagram feed.
The Broads Authority will be looking for volunteers to help coordinate the project by processing the camera images sent from the loan centres, and sharing the most exciting footage online, to enthuse the public about the wildlife which is always there but not always seen.
Broads Authority ecologist, Erica Murray said of the project,
“The Wild Watch scheme is a wonderful opportunity to get those people who live in the National Park excited about the wildlife which is right on their doorstep. The Broads are responsible for a quarter of the UK’s rarest wildlife so we’re hoping to see some exciting footage when it comes in.”
Beth Williams, Volunteer Coordinator at the Broads Authority said of the project,
“We are so excited about the volunteering post which has been created as a result of this new project. It’s a great opportunity for people who are passionate about the Broads and the wildlife which thrives there. We all know the health and wellbeing benefits of contact with nature and those who volunteer as a part of this project will be rewarded by seeing first-hand the enthusiasm of those involved, from members of staff at the Broads Authority to members of the public. We’re really looking forward to meeting people as passionate about the natural world as we are!”
The deadline for volunteer applicants is midday on Wednesday 7 March. Informal interviews will be held in Norwich by arrangement between 8 and 16 March. An online application form can be found on the Broads Authority website. If you wish to know more about the role please contact Ecologist Erica Murray on or 01603756042 or Erica.Murray@broads-authority.gov.uk
Thursday 1 March 2018