Broads Authority officially launches ‘Wild Watch Camera Scheme’ after a successful trial run

An exciting new project is taking place as part of the Broads Authority’s Water, Mills and Marshes scheme. The initiative, which has been named ‘Wild Watch’ 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 images and video footage of their local wildlife.

The cameras can be simply rigged up in any outdoors location and will capture wildlife activity which takes place in front of them. To test the ability of these cameras members of Broads Authority staff hired the cameras out themselves to see what the results might be in their own back gardens.

Feedback from staff included the following comments:

“It was great to see the hedgehogs in the garden, we had not seen them since the winter and we feared they may not have survived after the beast from the East.”

“I was amazed by the amount of ‘frog action’ in my pond, they did not seem to take any notice of the camera and I even got some video of them croaking to each other.”

“I tried putting the camera underneath my bird feeder, hoping to get a photo of a wood mouse that has a nest close by. I got great photos of wood pigeons strutting their stuff, but no mice…yet”

Other wildlife listed by members of Broads Authority staff who have given the cameras a go include, muntjac deer, roe deer, badger, a weasel, foxes, hares, green woodpeckers, and plenty of pheasants including a Reeves pheasant.

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, which can be reached at the following website. Once the footage has been captured, the best images and videos will be featured on the official Wild Watch Flickr feed.

Trail cam otter

Thursday 3 May 2018