Today, I visited Cardiff… a city I have not been to before. In fact, I didn’t get as far as the city, as I was there to visit Bute Park, a beautiful green space right in the centre of Wales’ capital. Meeting with Huw, from icode, we were scoping for an exciting new wildlife camera opportunity on the site.
After an enthusiastic meeting with those who are going to be involved with this exciting venture, we were treated to a bit of a guided tour of the education /visitor centre as well as the park…. and what a fantastic place!
Bute Park offers an extensive area of mature parkland within Cardiff’s city centre boasting a nationally-significant tree collection, numerous natural play features, an education centre, three cafes, and a wealth of horticulture and wildlife interest. Situated beyond Cardiff Castle just a short walk from the city’s main high streets and civic centre, Bute Park really is the “green heart of the city”. Full of historic and wildlife interest, at 56 hectares (equivalent to 75 football pitches) it is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and comprises a broad mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor.
It is going to be a very exciting project to be involved with as there is so much wildlife potential here within its varied habitats. Installing camera systems and using Bushnells will be a fantastic way to engage the public with the wildlife that makes Bute Park its home!
Right outside their offices, in a storage area, they even have a fox den…. I wanted to get a Bushnell on that straight away!
It is very early days at the moment but, hopefully, this will be a fantastic new project to follow into 2017… watch this space!!!