3 iWild camera traps stolen

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3 iWild camera traps stolen

Ty MawrBy James McConnell

We arrived to collect 5 of the iWild North Wales camera traps from Ty Mawr Country Park in Wrexham on Saturday, but unfortunately were dealt a bit of a blow. We arrived to collect 5 of the iWild North Wales camera traps from Ty Mawr Country Park in Wrexham on Saturday, but unfortunately were dealt a bit of a blow.

All three of our Bushnell camera traps that were down by the rivers edge, spread along the length of the park’s southern boundary, were gone.

The camera traps were all in steel security cases, padlocked shut and then held in position with Masterlock 10mm vinyl-coated braided steel cable locks. There was no trace of anything at all when we arrived.

Obviously, its very disappointing for us to lose 3 cameras halfway through the project. As a non-profit organisation, we can’t just shell out cash to replace them the next day. What makes it worse is that we also lose the data – we don’t know what the cameras would have captured in terms of wildlife.

This project is all about giving local people the opportunity to discover and see their local wildlife in ways they haven’t been able to before, and it’s a very disappointing that a few thieves want to spoil it for everyone else.

Badger on camera trap

A badger stops in front of one of the remaining Ty Mawr Country Park camera traps

However – we won’t be deterred. We’ll still be showing the footage that the two camera traps did catch at Ty Mawr, and are excited about the sites still to come. We’ve already starting planning on how to replace or negate the loss of the 3 cameras and take steps to minimise the chance of it happening again.

The police are making enquiries and all of the camera traps were marking using forensic DNA techniques, so can be traced easily and quickly.

If you do have any information about the cameras or noticed anything suspicious at Ty Mawr, please contact North Wales Police using non-emergency line 101 and quote reference RC15094567.

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