Durham Wildlife Trust is helping school children and adults in the Derwent Valley area get even closer to nature. The Wildside Project is equipping 10 schools in the area with Bushnell motion activated wildlife cameras to capture footage of the wildlife that shares their school grounds. School pupils will then take part in a conservation education session to help look after their wild neighbours.

The project will also be delivering events with adult and family groups helping local people discover more about the environment around them. Bushnell UK kindly donated two Bushnell Trail cams for this purpose.

Have a look at some of the footage the schools have captured so far: http://www.youtube.com/user/durhamwildlifetrust.

This project has been kindly funded by the Derwent Valley Partnership.

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I joined Kirsty Pollard up in Durham to visit some of the schools involved in this brilliant project. You can read more about my trip in the blog posts below. I will be keeping in touch with this project over the coming months and uploading some of the school footage onto this website.

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Windows on Wildlife (WoW) is based in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park at Castle Semple Country Park in Lochwinnoch. It is jointly funded by LEADER and Heritage Lottery and is part of the Semple Trail Heritage Project.

With the help of Bushnell trail cameras, we will have the chance to observe the wildlife that inhabits the loch and the surrounding area with the aim to show that our hidden wildlife is often closer than you think. Highlights of this project will be the viewing of otters and badgers as well as many of the other animals and birds found in the area. Windows on Wildlife is just one of the projects that can be seen at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Scotland's largest Regional Park. To find out more about this project and what else is happening in the park please take a look at our website www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk

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