This year long project ran in 2016 and focused on the beautiful Clwydian Range & Dee Valley area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

The project sought to uncover the rarer and under-recorded species that live in some of Wales’ most stunning scenery as well as visiting schools in the area to engage pupils with the often-unseen wildlife that lives on their doorstep.

A team of volunteers are helping to set up and collect the cameras traps, as well as submit valuable wildlife records to cofnod – North Wales’ environmental record centre.

This year-long project launched in November 2016 and all the latest updates and highlights from the camera traps will be posted right here as they come in…

The Project

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Funded by the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund and NatureSpy, the Deescover Project used camera traps to monitor the vast array of biodiversity in the AONB.

The Sustainable Development Fund is a Welsh Government Initiative which has several key objectives – most notably:

  • Demonstrate the contribution of a strong sense of place and local identity to well-being and sustainable living.
  • Develop and support community based projects promoting sustainable development objectives.
  • Generate greater awareness and understanding of sustainability amongst residents and visitors and facilitate positive behavioural change.

To help carry-out some of these initiatives the project targeted certain under-recorded species with the aim of seeking to improve our knowledge of species status and distribution throughout the landscape.

Through this, the project helped to raise awareness about the plight of these species in the AONB and Wales in general, in turn encouraging people to use the AONB sustainable and understand more about it.

In addition to the above, 10 volunteers are helping us carry out the project and becoming fully trained in camera trapping, as well as helping enter the wildlife data into Cofnod’s database.

There was also a large educational side to the project, with 10 schools in and around the AONB having a visit from NatureSpy’s Education Officer to learn about the wildlife that lives on their doorstep and the importance of the AONB.