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.

2022 Target


Raised so far


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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. In the meantime, enjoy watching our current cameras, directed at Hengistbury Head and our bee-hive.

Egret & tree-top camera

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 Live webcam

Due to our kestrels abandoning their nest, we’ve switched the camera back to the old heron nest in the tree tops at Hengistbury Head.

This abandoned nest is loved by the young egrets who tend to gather here, and keep you eyes peeled for the occasional heron and other birds.

Bee Hive camera

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 Live webcam

New for Summer 2022 is our Bee Hive camera, showing our recently re-established bee colony at Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre in Muscliff. The webcam is positioned at the hive’s entrance so you’ll be able to see the bees bringing pollen into the hive on their legs and their different behaviour, such as them defending the hive from intruders or the newly hatched bees orientating themselves by flying up and down the entrance or in a figure of eight pattern.

Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve

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 Live webcam

What a fabulous view of Holloways Dock Lagoon at Hengistbury Head, with Christchurch Harbour behind it. Enjoy watching the view, the wildlife and the ever-changing clouds and weather patterns.

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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