iWild North Wales was an exciting project funded by the heritage lottery fund that ran from January 2015 – December 2015 in Wrexham, Denbighshire & Flintshire.

The project aimed to directly introduce and connect local people to the wildlife living in their communities primarily using wildlife camera traps, with all records being submitted to the local environmental record centre to help fill in knowledge gaps of wildlife in the local area.

Using camera traps to uncover the often-unseen
wildlife that lives on the doorstep of

local communities

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The Project had 2 aims...

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1. Deliver free public camera trap events

6 volunteers were recruited and trained to help out at the 17 events which were held in parks and nature reserves close to communities across the three counties. There were two events at each site; at the first event the attendees got hands-on with the trail cams, which were then set-up to see what wildlife used the public green spaces. At the second event we collected the camera traps, downloaded the footage and identified the wildlife.

2. Submitting wildlife records

All wildlife sightings were submitted to local environmental record centre Cofnod and the Mammal Society’s National Mammal Atlas, as well as helping to gather data for Local Biodiversity Action Plans on certain species.

The observations and wildlife data we collected over the course of the project also allowed us to look closely at animal behaviour both on an individual scale and across a whole region; for example looking at what time of day foxes are most active or the distribution of badgers.

All footage from the project’s camera traps is available online – so we can show off North Wales’ wonderful wildlife far and wide.

There had never been a project of this kind in Wales before and we were delighted to share so much of Wales’ unseen natural heritage in a unique way with the people who live here.

Species Recorded
Sites Visited
Volunteers Recruited
Volunteer Hours
Miles Covered

Loggerheads Country Park, Denbighshire
Gathering Grounds, Flintshire
Nant Mill, Wrexham
Brookhill, Flintshire
Alyn Waters, Wrexham
Coed Cilygroeslwyd, Denbighshire
Coed Pen y Pigyn, Denbighshire
Taliesin, Flintshire
Ty Mawr, Wrexham
Bishops Wood, Denbighshire
Wepre Park, Flintshire
Coed Bell, Denbighshire
Coed y Felin, Flintshire
Etna Park, Flintshire
Marford Quarry, Wrexham
Aberduna, Denbighshire
Minera Lead Mines, Wrexham

Badger (Meles meles)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus)
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Canada goose (Branta canadensis)
Carrion crow (Corvus corone)
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Coal tit (Periparus ater)
Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus sensu stricto)
Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)
Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Great tit (Parus major)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)
Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Grey wagtail (Passer domesticus)
House sparrow (Motacilla cinerea)
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
Magpie (Pica pica)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mistle thrush(Turdus viscivorus)
Moorhen(Gallinula chloropus)
Otter (Lutra lutra)
Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Polecat (Mustela putorius)
Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Song thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Stoat (Mustela erminea)
Tawny owl (Strix aluco)
Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)
Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)