As the winter months draw in the Broads Authority is offering members of the public the opportunity to discover the wildlife in their gardens and wild community spaces by renting one of their wild watch cameras for free.
The camera scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Broads Authority’s wider Water, Mills and Marshes project and was launched in April. Since that time members of the public, schools and community groups have been renting cameras and discovering the wildlife on their doorsteps, and now that winter is on its way there couldn’t be a better time to take advantage of the scheme.
The cameras will be on loan from four centres located in the Broads National Park including Whitlingham Country Park, Wheatfen Nature Reserve, Suffolk Wildlife Trust at 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 Flickr feed.
Broads Authority ecologist, Erica Murray said of the project,
“Winter can be an excellent time of year to see birds and other wildlife visiting your garden in search of food, water and shelter. Look out for birds that are only here in the winter months such as Redwings, Fieldfares Waxwings and Bramblings which migrate to the UK and come in search of food such as fruit, berries and seeds. Other hungry animals you might be in with a chance of seeing include deer, foxes, and small mammals such as stoats and weasels. The Wild Watch project is the perfect opportunity to get close up views of birds and other wildlife visiting your garden this winter.”
Friday 16 November 2018