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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.

2024 Target

£1,500

Raised last year

£450

Thanks to everyone who’s donated so far, to help us fund more wildlife cameras.

Any donation you can make will be gratefully received and will enable us to carry 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

Our three tawny owlets have successfully fledged! The smallest left the nest on 30 April – just four weeks after they hatched.

We’re now excitedly watching a heron sitting on her nest. When the heron stands, a couple of eggs can be glimpsed.

Herons usually lay 3-5 eggs in their treetop nests, and they will sit on the eggs to incubate them for approximately 25 days before they hatch.

Nest box camera

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 Live webcam

Take a look inside a nest box at the Stour Valley Nature Reserve. These six blue tit chicks hatched at the start of May – once hatched, they spend around three weeks in the nest before they fledge. Once hatched, they keep both parents busy feeding them as each chick can eat 100 caterpillars a day! During this time they more than quadruple in size, developing feathers and getting the strength they need for when they leave the nest.

When they’re getting ready to fledge they’ll flap their wings rapidly to exercise their wing muscles and they’ll start exploring the entrance to the nest box.

Keep an eye out for signs that they’re about to fledge.

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.

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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