North East Wales

Hidden cameras capture curious wildlife in north Wales

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Media captionWildlife biologist James McConnell said the cameras showed previously unseen natural heritage

Hidden cameras in parks and nature reserves across north east Wales have captured thousands of images of 37 different species in the past year.

iWild North Wales, run by the Heritage Lottery-funded social enterprise NatureSpy, has recorded polecats, badgers, foxes and tawny owls.

The camera traps were used to allow people to watch animals at 17 locations without disturbing them.

They were set up with volunteers' help to encourage respect for wildlife.

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Image copyright NatureSpy
Image copyright NatureSpy

Wildlife biologist James McConnell said the project allowed people to see the unseen natural heritage of Denbighshire, Wrexham and Flintshire in a unique way.

"The camera traps allowed us to watch the wildlife undisturbed so we could even witness things like badgers playing and mating, foxes foraging and otter moving along rivers," he said.

All records have been submitted to north Wales' environmental record centre, Cofnod, and the Mammal Society's National Mammal Atlas, to help further understand and protect the region's wildlife.

Footage from the project can be viewed on its website.

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