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A year in the life of a magical place in west Norfolk

A year in the life of the Great Ouse wetlands: Submitted

A year in the life of the Great Ouse wetlands: Submitted

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It is one of the most enchanting corners of our region – and an ever changing habitat for much of its most stunning wildlife

Now, people living around, or visiting, the Great Ouse wetlands are being asked to help chronicle a year in the life of its wondrous wild inhabitants.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s centre at Welney is launching a new project to encourage the public to film clips of interesting wildlife, which can then be shared with a wider audience.

Volunteers from across the region will also carry out other roles such as presenting and editing to help share the highs and lows of the natural world, captured on camcorder, camera, mobile phone or tablet.

The call is going out to all walks of society – from schools and colleges to public services, photographers and filmmakers alike.

All the footage will be gathered and used in short films and as clips to connect wider audiences with the wildlife the region has to offer.

Leigh Marshall, WWT Welney Wetland centre manager, said: “The wetland habitat is an oasis for wildlife in the middle of the most productive farmland in the country.

“It is our mission with this ‘wildlife news’ project to ensure that our local nature and habitat remains a vibrant part of the fabric of this community.

“So we want everybody to get involved. From the local policeman who manages to capture the swan with her cygnets wandering down the middle of the High Street to the local schoolchildren who manage to capture shots of an ugly bug.”

Adam Finch, the centre’s media production officer, added: “On my way to work in the mornings it’s rare for me not to see at least one or two barn owls, and in the evenings swans arriving in their hundreds, and sometimes thousands to roost on the washes, which is such an incredible sight to see.

“It’s moments like these which we’re really keen to capture on film, and we need volunteers to help us to do it.”

For more information, visit wwt.org.uk/welney

Have you taken an amazing photograph of wildlife in west Norfolk? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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