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Bay watch introduced in Galloway
Wigtown Bay view
Visitors can watch wildlife through the newly installed camera
The success of live CCTV coverage of nesting ospreys in Galloway is being followed up with a new initiative.

A wildlife watching camera has been set up covering the Castle Field wetland and Wigtown Bay Nature Reserve.

It will be used to beam back live pictures of birdlife and other animals to the visitor room at the Wigtown County Buildings.

The previous project providing coverage of an osprey nest brought thousands of visitors to the building.

"Wigtown Bay is the largest local nature reserve in Britain, it was felt that it needed something like this camera to encapsulate the sheer scale of it," said Tommy Donnelly of Scottish Natural Heritage.

"This new camera is superb. It is often difficult to get people close to wildlife and the creation of Castle Field wetland and this camera has given people the chance to get nearer to the wildlife of Wigtown Bay."

The project has been funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council, SNH and the Wigtown Bay Wildfowlers Club.

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