‘Hidden Strathbeg’ project gives a fascinating insight

Staff and volunteers at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg at Lonmay have been using hidden cameras to capture film of some of the reserve’s most secretive wildlife.

The cameras have been running day and night and have captured footage of otters, badgers, deer, foxes and owls as well as the reserve’s Konik ponies. The footage also lets visitors see areas of the reserve that are not usually open to the public.

Volunteer Intern Tom Simon has been involved in collecting much of the video footage from the reserve.

He said: “Lots of our best wildlife comes out after most of our visitors have gone home, or lives in the quietest, most hard to reach parts of the reserve.

“This is a great way to show people how these birds and animals behave when there’s no one around.”

The videos are now being shown in new interactive display in the visitor centre at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg, with exclusive ‘sneak peeks’ each week on the reserve’s Facebook page at www.facebook.BNorthEastScotland.

Visitor officer Diana Spencer said: “We will be filming right through the summer, so we’ll be adding new videos every week.

“We’re hoping to film even more species, or maybe get a glimpse of an otter or badger cub for the first time.”

The new interactive display in the centre is the start of a season of ‘Hidden Strathbeg’ events, including ’Discover Hidden Strathbeg’ guided walks to areas of the reserve that are usually not open to the public.

Details of the guided walks and all other summer events can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/lochofstrathbeg.

More details of Hidden Strathbeg events can be found on the reserve website at www.rspb.org.uk/lochofstrathbeg or by following RSPB North East Scotland on Facebook.