Feb 24 2012 Wirral Council, It's Our World
Wildlife enthusiasts will have a unique opportunity to view the activity of wading birds off the coast of Hilbre Island close-up thanks to a pioneering ‘beam-back’ event.
Volunteers who work closely with Wirral’s Coastal Rangers will be setting up a special ‘Wader Cam’ once again on Saturday 25th February to give people the perfect chance to watch the migrating birds at close quarters without having to make the journey out to the islands.
Starting at 11am, live pictures of the bird activity at Little Eye – the small island closest to the West Kirby coastline – will be beamed back to a TV screen at a mobile information point which will be situated next to the Marine Lake at West Kirby.
Access to Hilbre Island is, of course, restricted due to tide times meaning there is a narrow window of opportunity for people to view the wildlife that is attracted there. Too many visitors to Hilbre can also disturb the bird roosts, so this solution allows more people to see what’s going on at this popular natural beauty spot and for a longer period.
‘Wader Cam’ has been developed by the Wirral Country Park Recording Group, a voluntary group who work alongside Wirral’s Ranger Service to collect biodiversity information and feed this into local and national databases which monitor the changing nature of the coast and helps Wirral ensure that it continues to manage the coast in an appropriate way.
The idea of this project is to help Wirral’s coast and countryside attractions as well as the work the group does as a whole.
Coastal Ranger Matt Thomas, who helps run the group of volunteers, said: “We have staged this three times so far to gauge the level of interest and test out the equipment and it has proved more popular each time. The project has been made possible by a small grant from the ‘Your Wirral’ fund, but the equipment we use was actually built by my dad, who has become an active member of the Wirral Country Park Recording Group since he retired.”
Cllr Lesley Rennie, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, said: “It’s really important that we put more effort and investment into maintaining and improving our coastal areas – whether it’s the promenades and embankments or, as we see here, at Hilbre Island. The volunteers do a fantastic job and are a credit to their community.”