The care of sick and injured birds of prey became a high-tech, hands-off and greatly improved service, thanks to the installation of a suite of observation cameras in the Bird of Prey Hospital at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. These were sponsored by Arqiva, one of the UK's leading provider of broadcast services and a long time supporter of the Trust.
"This hospital is unique and each year it treats a huge range of raptors brought in by members of the public and other wildlife centres. These new cameras mean that staff can see "behind the scenes" and monitor the progress of injured birds without disturbing them."
The Hawk Conservancy Trust is one of the major bird of prey centres in the worls - 22 acres of countryside, including woodland and a five-acre wild flower meadow with more than 150 birds on show.
"The Hawk Conservancy is a great day out for families - we take our grandchildren regularly. But they also do important work on research, conservation and education - as well as rehabilittaing birds. I am grateful to Arqiva for sponsoring this system. When birds are ill, they need to be monitored regularly. But the process of looking at them through the glass is of itself stressful. These discrete cameras mean it can be done discretely."