WWW = world wildlife web

SHAUN LOWTHORPE Wildlife enthusiasts will now be able to log on and learn about the natural world in Norfolk.These stunning images are among the views available at the click of a mouse on a new wildlife information service set up by Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) aimed at helping answer online questions about the county's wildlife.

SHAUN LOWTHORPE

Wildlife enthusiasts will now be able to log on and learn about the natural world in Norfolk.

These stunning images are among the views available at the click of a mouse on a new wildlife information service set up by Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) aimed at helping answer online questions about the county's wildlife.

Part of a three year Heritage Lottery Funded project, the website now incorporates the answers to many frequently asked questions with a new facility to email wildlife queries to be answered by a team of Norfolk experts.

The new web pages also include interactive online wildlife surveys and a photo gallery, with the aim of bringing people together to record, celebrate and enhance wildlife locally.

Subjects covered include the best plants to attract butterflies to my garden, feeding birds in the garden while keeping rats and squirrels away, and how to tell a stoat from a weasel.

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Visitors to the website can learn about Norfolk's wildlife from detailed species profiles; submit and view their photos of Norfolk wildlife on the stunning wildlife photo gallery, and take part in citizen science surveys.

The website, developed and hosted by Norwich based IT services company, Poynter, is designed so everyone throughout Norfolk can learn about and become actively involved in helping wildlife and enjoy the diversity and beauty of Norfolk's wildlife and wild places.

Over the next three years it will grow to hold hundreds of species profiles and thousands of images in the gallery.

Director of Norfolk Wildlife Trust Brendan Joyce commented: “This new website will enable us to involve people across Norfolk in discovering, enjoying and recording the wildlife in their own local area. Everyone can help wildlife, whether in the countryside or towns, and the new information service will make it easy for people to find out how. The great thing about wildlife is once you get interested there is something new to discover every day!'

Poynter director Nick Vincent said: “It is a pleasure to see NWT making use of technology in this way. The array of pictures seen so far truly encapsulates the beauty of wildlife in Norfolk. The interactive website is easy to use and allows the Norfolk community to become effortlessly involved.”

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