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Public given the chance to take part in their very own ‘Wild Watch’

PUBLISHED: 16:29 07 March 2018

The Broads Authority has launched a new project that aims to give members of the public the chance to use a trail camera free of charge in order to capture footage of their local wildlife. Picture: Broads Authority

The Broads Authority has launched a new project that aims to give members of the public the chance to use a trail camera free of charge in order to capture footage of their local wildlife. Picture: Broads Authority

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The Broads Authority has launched an exciting new project that forms part of its Water, Mills and Marshes scheme.

The Broads Authority has launched a new project that aims to give members of the public the chance to use a trail camera free of charge in order to capture footage of their local wildlife. Picture: Broads Authority The Broads Authority has launched a new project that aims to give members of the public the chance to use a trail camera free of charge in order to capture footage of their local wildlife. Picture: Broads Authority

The initiative, named ‘Wild Watch’, aims to give members of the public the chance to use a trail camera free of charge.

The idea is to get individuals, families, nature groups and schools out in their gardens, or other wild areas, capturing video footage of their local wildlife.

The cameras will be on loan from five centres located in the Water, Mills and Marshes area including Whitlingham County Park, Great Yarmouth Yacht Station, Wheat Fen Nature Reserve, SWT Carlton Marshes, and Earsham Wetland Centre.

They will be available to book online.

A new Broads Authority project allows members of the public to egt involved in their own wild watch and capture images of local wildlife.  Picture: Simon Parker A new Broads Authority project allows members of the public to egt involved in their own wild watch and capture images of local wildlife. Picture: Simon Parker

Once the footage has been captured, the best images and videos will be featured on the official Wild Watch Instagram feed.

The Broads Authority is looking for volunteers to help coordinate the project by processing the camera images sent from the loan centres, and sharing the most exciting footage online.

Broads Authority ecologist, Erica Murray said: “The Wild Watch scheme is a wonderful opportunity to get those people who live in the National Park excited about the wildlife which is right on their doorstep.

“The Broads are responsible for a quarter of the UK’s rarest wildlife so we’re hoping to see some exciting footage when it comes in.”

The Broads is home to some of the country's rarest wildlife. Picture: Brian McFarlane The Broads is home to some of the country's rarest wildlife. Picture: Brian McFarlane

Beth Williams, volunteer Coordinator at the Broads Authority said the volunteering post for the project was a fantastic opportunity for people who are passionate about the Broads and wildlife to get involved.

“We all know the health and wellbeing benefits of contact with nature and those who volunteer as a part of this project will be rewarded by seeing first-hand the enthusiasm of those involved, from members of staff at the Broads Authority to members of the public.

“We’re really looking forward to meeting people as passionate about the natural world as we are.”

The project will launch in April and for more information visit the Water, Mills and Marshes website and follow ‘Wild Watch’ on Instagram.

The £4m Water, Mills and Marshes scheme will help protect the region’s many natural and heritage assets through a series of individual projects.

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