Capturing nature on camera
The Seven Lochs team and Countryside Ranger Service at North Lanarkshire Council have been using trail cameras to learn more about wildlife using the park. Trail cameras are set up where there are tracks and signs that show wildlife is using an area, and will capture images and video when triggered by movement. This helps us find out more about where and when different species are active in the park, and therefore what we can do to protect nature.
The NLC Ranger Service have captured fantastic footage of (we think) a mother and daughter otter at Drumpellier Country Park - see Drumpellier otter. There's increasing evidence that otter are returning to lochs and wetlands across the Seven Lochs area. A camera at Hogganfield Loch shows that it's the early bird that catches the fish - with footage of grey heron feeding at the loch edge from 4am onwards - see Hogganfield heron.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest pictures and footage. We are also looking for volunteers to help with out trail camera project. if you would be interested in helping us identify areas being used by different species and setting, monitoring and recording what's captured, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org