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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

£2,000

Raised so far

£340

Donate towards this

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 and Kestrel and Barn Owl cameras and the costs of streaming the live footage 365 days a year.

With your support in 2022, we look forward to bringing many more wildlife adventures into your homes.

The two heron chicks have grown so quickly and are spending less and less time in their nest, and our blue tits all successfully fledged on 24 May. So we’ll be switching our cameras over very soon and are keeping our finders crossed for kestrel-cam. Keep watching.

Stock Dove cam

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 Live webcam

We’re hoping to watch our kestrel nesting box in the next few days (see below for previous year’s footage) but, for now, please enjoy this gorgeous Stock Dove who has rather bravely taken over a Tawny Owl nest box!

A Stock Dove looks rather like a Wood Pigeon but with very black eyes and without a white neck patch. Usually, they nest in holes in trees and buildings and tend to have a clutch size of two eggs.

(Click on the ‘arrow’ to see the live footage if it doesn’t play automatically)

Heron-cam

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 Live webcam

It’s hard to believe these two juvenile herons are our tiny chicks from the middle of March – they’ve grown so quickly.  One is a lot more adventurous than the other, so sometimes you’ll see just one bird on the camera. Over the next week or two, they’ll stop coming back to the nest and will take up residence nearby in the company of other herons.

NB  You may need to refresh the image if it doesn’t stream continuously.

Kingfisher Barn

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 Live webcam

New for 2022 is our underwater camera in our wildlife pond at Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre. Keep watching and you’ll spot newts, dragonfly larvae, beetles and, hopefully, tadpoles turning into frogs over the next few weeks.

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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