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Stone curlew secrets to be revealed after live streaming nest camera set up

PUBLISHED: 17:39 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:19 14 May 2015

Sophie Harrison and Darrell Stevens with the nest camera at Weeting Heath.

Sophie Harrison and Darrell Stevens with the nest camera at Weeting Heath.

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The secrets of one of the country’s most elusive birds will be revealed for the first time after a live video stream was set up and opened to visitors.

Nature lovers will be able to get a long-awaited glimpse of the iconic stone curlew thanks to the Wings over the Brecks project after it set up a nest camera to record the bird’s activities.

The project, a partnership scheme between the Forestry Commission, RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), aims to show people the secret lives of five of the rarest birds of the Brecks’ heathland and forest: woodlark, stone curlew, nightjar, hobby and goshawk.

The stone curlew live stream will be shown at several locations, including in the cafe at High Lodge, at Weeting Heath and on roaming displays in town centres including Thetford and Brandon.

Sammy Fraser, RSPB Community Engagement Officer, said it was hoped the project would put the Brecks in the spotlight.

“So much of the Brecks is protected for rare species such as the stone-curlew but until now hardly anyone got to see them,” she said.

“Showing live footage from the nest of a rare bird like a stone curlew allows people to get closer to these amazing animals than they ever would have otherwise.

“We hope it will inspire local people and visitors to the Brecks with what a fantastic landscape we have here, both for people and wildlife.”

A special event is being held to launch the second live stone curlew nest camera footage on Monday May 25 (Bank Holiday) at High Lodge.

Talks by the project team and guided walks will take place from 11am to 1pm followed by a buffet lunch, with bookings for this being taken on 01842 753732 or thebrecks@rspb.org.uk.

From 1pm to 4pm families will be able to enjoy outdoor activities, including a bird ringing demonstration, bug hunting and nature detective trail. And keen birders and families will have the chance to see the project species and explore the habitats they are found in.

A programme of public events is planned over the lifespan of the project and will provide people with the opportunity to explore the Brecks and its wildlife.

Wings over the Brecks are looking for people to join their team of volunteers at High Lodge and Weeting Heath, helping visitors find out more about the project species and get involved in the projects event programme.

Anyone interested in finding out more should get in touch on 01842 753732 or email thebrecks@rspb.org.uk.

Wings over the Brecks is a 3 year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is one of 37 Breaking New Ground landscape partnership scheme projects.

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