Wildlife cameras

We're raising funds to install more webcams and stream live wildlife footage from across our parks and nature reserves. It's compelling viewing. Please note that cameras may not always be live.

2023 Target


Raised last year


Thanks to everyone who’s donated to help us fund more wildlife cameras. Your donations have covered the costs of installing a brand new mobile ‘pan, tilt and zoom’ camera, plus carrying out essential maintenance on the Heron, Kestrel and Barn Owl cameras and the costs of streaming the live footage 365 days a year. Through your support, we look forward to bringing many more wildlife adventures into your homes.

Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve

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 Live webcam

Enjoy our wonderful view of Christchurch Harbour and Mudeford, with Holloway’s Dock in the foreground, adjacent to the sandbank at Hengistbury Head.

If you are able to visit, it’s a wonderful place to see a large variety of wading birds and the occasional seal, and close enough to many old trees to also see woodland birds.

Hengistbury Head bird feeder

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 Live webcam

The birds regularly come to our feeder to supplement their diet and to get themselves through window. After such a hot summer last year, many of their usual foods (certain insects, hedgerow berries, etc) have been in short supply, so we place a regular supply of seeds, suet, nuts, etc which are an important food source, especially when the ground is too frozen to hunt worms or snails.

Please consider a donation to keep this project viable during 2023.  Thank you.

Underwater camera

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 Live webcam

Our wildlife pond at Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre is teeming with wildlife. We’ve got some grass snakes enjoying the cool water and the food on offer, as well as frogs, dragonflies, beetles, newts, snails, and so much more.

Join us for pond dipping or watch the camera and see what you can spot.

Heron time lapse

March to May 2020 Video timelapse

Watch a time lapse of a heron chick hatching, feeding and growing into a mature bird from the nest aloft the Scots Pines of Hengistbury Head. The heron’s now fledged and will be spending its time in Christchurch Harbour and along the Stour Valley. What a fantastic experience this was to witness the maturing of this fascinating creature.

Kestrels nesting

2018 Video timelapse

Our Kestrels nest high in the tops of the tallest pine trees on Hengistbury Head. We had 5 eggs laid at the end of April 2020 which hatched and the chicks fledged in the middle of June. The male bird does most of the hunting until the chicks are bigger and only then will the female risk leaving the nest to hunt close by. Voles are their favourite prey but they will search out small birds, woodmice, shrews, insects and earthworms. The Kestrel has amazing eyesight and can spot a beetle 50m from its perch!

Please bear in mind these are live streams of wild animals and from time to time they might be bringing live prey back to their nest. This is live unedited footage.

If we raise more than our fundraising target, it will go towards our other projects and general running of The Parks Foundation.

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