Hidden cameras will help visitors see wildlife in action

Planning and Environment
10:40, Tuesday, 7th May 2024

A scheme to help visitors discover nature on their doorstep has received a £30,000 boost.

The cash will include hidden cameras in bird boxes so visitors can see local wildlife without any disturbance.

The boxes, to be installed at Waters’ Edge Country Park in Barton over the next few weeks, will be linked to monitors inside the viewing area so visitors can see the birds up close.

It is hoped the new equipment will give visitors, especially families, an increased awareness of local wildlife and help them discover the area’s nature and heritage.

The funding will also be used to help wildlife by introducing floating tern rafts on some ponds, which will help birds breed on site in order to maintain the local tern population.

Encouraging people to interact with their local environment has a positive effect on physical and mental health and improves overall wellbeing.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment, said: “We have so much precious wildlife right on our doorstep, but it is difficult to see it and connect with it without disturbing it.

“This welcome funding will give us – literally – a birds eye view. In addition, the new tern rafts will hopefully mean not only will we be able to maintain the tern population at Waters’ Edge but increase it as well.”