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'Wild Watch' cameras reveal surprise garden guests

Hidden cameras have been giving people in the East a glimpse of the wildlife on their doorsteps.

The Broads Authority scheme, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, sees 'Wild Watch' cameras loaned out to the public, schools and community groups.

Since it launched in April, as part of the wider Water, Mills and Marshes project, a host of surprise garden guests have been captured on camera - from deer and foxes to birds and badgers.

A deer captured on the Wild Watch cameras. Credit: Broads Authority

“Winter can be an excellent time of year to see birds and other wildlife visiting your garden in search of food, water and shelter. Look out for birds that are only here in the winter months such as Redwings, Fieldfares Waxwings and Bramblings which migrate to the UK and come in search of food such as fruit, berries and seeds.

"Other hungry animals you might be in with a chance of seeing include deer, foxes, and small mammals such as stoats and weasels. The Wild Watch project is the perfect opportunity to get close up views of birds and other wildlife visiting your garden this winter.”

– Erica Murray, Broads Authority ecologist
The scheme has revealed all sorts of surprise garden guests. Credit: Broads Authority

The Wild Watch cameras can be rented for free from four centres located in the Broads National Park.

They are available from Whitlingham County Park, Wheat Fen Nature Reserve, Suffolk Wildlife Trust at Carlton Marshes and Earsham Wetland Centre via online booking.