The island of Ireland’s first ‘kestral camera’ goes into service in the Mannok quarries


The island of Ireland’s very first ‘Kestrel Cam’ has been installed in one of Mannok’s quarries and will be streamed live online in the coming months.

The images can be viewed on Mannok’s website and will give viewers an exclusive look inside an Irish Kestrel nest throughout the breeding season.

The livestream was launched on World Earth Day, Thursday April 22, to highlight the need to protect our local wildlife and wider ecosystems, especially with the common kestrel which was recently placed on the Red List in as a species now threatened with extinction in Ireland. .

Two discreet cameras have been installed at the nesting site under license from NPWS and in partnership with Netwatch, to enable Queen’s University to study birds and raise awareness of the need to protect the species and other wildlife from the island.

Queen’s doctoral student Kez Armstrong will study the breeding pair from Kestrels, who have returned to the same nesting site in recent years to breed successfully.

Speaking about the Kestrel Cam project, Mannok CEO Liam McCaffrey said, “This initiative is part of our drive to protect and enhance biodiversity on our lands and in our local region as an important part of our commitment. broader focus on sustainable development, and we are very happy to be able to help highlight the need to protect our native wildlife and the recently redlisted kestrels in particular.

“This is an opportunity to highlight the risk to wildlife like these Kestrels and to highlight it for a wider audience.

“We will be working closely with educational institutions and wildlife and biodiversity groups, as well as engaging the general public via the Kestrel Cam feed and a Kez Kestrel blog. [Armstrong] play our role in helping to raise awareness and better understand.

Liam said it was fitting that the live broadcast from inside the nest was launched on World Earth Day, which “helps focus all of our minds on the big picture and on this. that we can all do to help secure a more sustainable future for our planet ”.

He added: “As a large manufacturer and employer in our region, we have a very important role to play in this dynamic of sustainable development and it is a responsibility that we take incredibly seriously.”

The live feed from the nest will be shown on Mannok’s website for the duration of the project, as well as the Kez’s Kestrel blog to keep people updated on the progress and allow people to follow the story of the nesting bird pair.

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