Wildlife Cameras: Raptor Cam
This part of the Hawk-Eyes project uses wildlife surveillance cameras, purchased through the ARCS grant, at raptor nest sites at various locations across Northern Ireland, particularly within persecution hot-spot areas. These cameras remotely monitor bird of prey nests, roost and bait points throughout the year, providing unique insights into the birds and their behaviour.
These cameras remotely monitor the activity and survival of these birds during the breeding season. Additional wildlife cameras are installed close the the nest sites and surrounding areas to monitor bird movements and their usage of the wider site during the breeding season.
The team of people involved in this project have extensive experience in installation and usage of cameras at raptor nest sites. The installation of cameras around nests and at breeding sites is undertaken under special wildlife licences issued by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).
Cameras operate 24/7 including by use of infra-red during darkness so we can monitor sites round the clock.
Hopefully all the birds will be left alone to breed successfully but if there is any human interaction at the nest sites we should capture this! Criminals should be aware, cameras are watching these birds 24/7 and may be watching your every move!
Updates on images recorded will be blogged about in the ‘Raptor-Cam’ page.