GALLERY: WWT Welney Wetland Centre asking volunteers to gather footage for major film project documenting year there

PUBLISHED: 13:55 15 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:55 15 January 2015

Two hares fighting. Picture: Simon Stirrup.

Two hares fighting. Picture: Simon Stirrup.


A year in the life of The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s (WWT) Welney Wetland Centre is going to be captured on camera as part of a major project ... and the centre wants volunteers to play a central role.

A volunteer learns how to film. Picture: Adam Finch. A volunteer learns how to film. Picture: Adam Finch.

WWT is calling for volunteers across the region to help film and carry out roles such as presenting and editing on video with a camcorder, digital camera, mobile phone or tablet. Free film training will be offered to all volunteers.

You might get the job of filming a rare snail mating underwater, the bizarre courtship rituals of the ducks or the gruesome hunting techniques of a baby dragonfly.

All the footage will be gathered and used in short films and as clips to highlight the amazing wildlife the region has to offer.

The Great Ouse wetland covers more than 3,000 hectares - forming the largest wetland in the UK - and each year attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the region.

Leigh Marshall, WWT Welney Wetland Centre manager, said: “The Great Ouse Wetland is an integral part of ancient migration routes and for centuries has reflected mans interaction with nature.

“It is our mission with this wildlife news project to ensure that our local nature and habitat remains a vibrant part of the fabric of this community.

“So we want everybody to get involved. From the local policeman who manages to capture the swan with her cygnets wandering down the middle of the high street to the local schoolchildren who manage to capture shots of an ugly bug.”

WWT Welney will be offering free training for people of all abilities via a series of workshops to be held throughout the course of 2015.

Volunteers will get the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the wetland centre and discover what it takes to be a wildlife camera operator.

The workshops will teach the basics and look at some of the techniques that can be used to get great wildlife shots.

The first two training sessions will be held on Sunday January 25 at 10.30am and Wednesday January 28 at 11am

To get involved, e-mail, call 01353 860711 or go to

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