New iWild North Wales project launches

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Heritage Lottery Fund support to help uncover North Wales’ hidden wildlife

iWild North WalesA new project has been launched by NatureSpy today aiming to get a glimpse of the hidden wildlife in communities and nature reserves across North Wales.

The iWild North Wales project, run by local organisation NatureSpy and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will see special Bushnell wildlife camera traps – cameras which work 24/7 and are triggered when an animal walks passed – placed in 17 community parks and nature reserves across Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham.

Free public events will be held on each site allowing communities to get hands-on with new technology and help discover the wildlife living in their local green spaces.

After a couple of weeks, the camera traps will be collected and the footage will reveal the often-hidden wildlife. All of the footage will then be available online, showcasing the area’s fantastic wildlife as widely as possible.

“As far as we are aware, there has never been a project of this kind in Wales before” said NatureSpy Wildlife Biologist, James McConnell.

“We’re excited to share so much of Wales’ unseen natural heritage in a unique way with the people who live here.”

Jennifer Stewart, Head of HLF Wales said “We support a wide range of heritage projects and are keen to support applications from the natural heritage sector. The project will give people the opportunity to learn about animal activity that is often hidden away. This will help ensure that these species are better understood and protected in the future.”

In addition, all wildlife records collected will be submitted to Cofnod Environmental Record Centre and the Mammal Society’s National Mammal Atlas, helping to build a picture of North Wales’ wildlife populations.

iWild North Wales has been supported by local councils and North Wales Wildlife Trust. The first event and project launch is at Loggerheads Country Park, Denbighshire on the 21st February and all events are free to attend.

There are also opportunities to volunteer with the project. Find out more at www.naturespy.org/iwild.