Posted: Fri 18th Sep 2015

‘Innovative’ Project to Help Reveal More About Wrexham’s Wildlife

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This article is old - Published: Friday, Sep 18th, 2015

A number of innovative wildlife cameras have been been placed in locations across Wrexham to help reveal more about nature in the area.

NatureSpy is a non-profit organisation based near Wrexham, which works with local communities to help develop people’s interest in wildlife and to research and protect the natural world. It is run as a social enterprise and was helped to set up by the Wales Co-operative Centre through support made possible via Welsh Government and ERDF funding.

The cameras being placed in Marford were part of a larger project, the iWild North Wales project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which also aims to help bring people closer to their local wildlife.

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas was invited along to help NatureSpy set up the cameras at Marford Quarry, a North Wales Wildlife Trust reserve, on Sunday September 13th. It is hoped the cameras, which work by detecting heat and movement, will help reveal more about some of the wildlife which lives in the reserve.

Mr Lucas said: “Setting up a camera trap first thing on a Sunday morning was certainly a new experience to me. With NatureSpy’s expertise, the trap I set up was placed alongside an animal track so hopefully, when the cameras are recovered in a few weeks’ time, we should get some great footage.

“It’s also good to know that, as a social enterprise, NatureSpy are actively working to involve local communities with the environment. I really enjoyed working with them and I’m looking forward to seeing what camera footage we get.”

James McConnell from NatureSpy added: “We’re delighted that Mr. Lucas joined us to learn about the iWild project and to see first-hand what NatureSpy are doing in the local area. As a Welsh social enterprise, we work very hard to shine a light on the often hidden wildlife in North Wales whilst involving local people. Even better was that Mr. Lucas got stuck in and had a go at setting up a camera trap himself!”

And Glenn Bowen, Enterprise Director at the Wales Co-operative Centre, said: “NatureSpy is an excellent example of an innovative social enterprise which supports training opportunities and the environment in North Wales.

“We have recently launched a new Welsh Government and ERDF funded project, Social Business Wales, which will work as part of the Business Wales family. The new project can support social businesses, like NatureSpy, which have viable plans for growth”

Further information about support for social businesses in Wales can be found on www.socialbusinesswales.com or by calling 03000 6 03000.



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