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iWild Alyn Waters
Alyn Waters is the largest country park in the Wrexham area, with the River Alyn splitting the site in two.
The weather was kind for the camera trap collection and we pitched up our new iWild gazebo and began to go through the footage with our volunteers and members of the public.
When we placed the camera traps on site we weren’t sure of our chances – the site is heavily visited. Would it put the wildlife off? Take a look at the video…
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As you can see, it definitely didn’t! The most exciting capture for the iWild project was the first otter – and great to show that they are still using the River Alyn this far along. The spot where the otter was captured is heavily used by people and dogs, so it’s great to see that this doesn’t deter the otter.
For the second time in the project so far we were surprised to see a tawny owl right in front of the camera; this time appearing to eat a mouse! We’d previously caught one at Loggerheads Country Park, but for it to happen twice in just 6 sites is fantastic.
You may have also spotted a mystery meerkat… who made 4 close-up appearances over the 3 weeks the camera traps were there. No one has yet come forward with the meerkat and revealed themselves!
We captured a number of foxes including one with visible teats – meaning she has cubs fairly close. Another fox was regularly captured in the early morning in the woodland at the centre of the site – meaning we were treated to beautiful HD colour footage of these gorgeous animals. The Alyn Water’s foxes also kept up their species’ record of appearing at every site so far.
Badgers made infrequent appearances at the more secluded central area of the site, only appearing a couple of times.
Ducklings made their first project appearance with their mum, and one decided to have a trip down the river (we think it was ok though)!
Herons also stalked the river and we had a number of very obliging jays. Grey squirrels also roam the site – and we captured one who seemed to be particularly fond of a log, reminiscent of behaviour we’ve previously captured during the Yorkshire Pine Marten Project…
All in all, a very successful site – rich in wildlife and well used by the local community.
The next iWild North Wales event is at Taliesin, Flinsthire on the 31st May – all events are completely free and there is no need to book – but you can always let us know you’re coming along!
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