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Bird’s eye view over Besthorpe Nature Reserve!

Tuesday 24th April

Bird’s eye view over Besthorpe Nature Reserve!

On a beautiful sunny day, two of our Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust members took to the skies (yes literally!) to grab a bird’s eye view over Besthorpe Nature Reserve, near Collingham.

There was much anticipation over this as it was our first photographic flight for the Trust! Stuart Eggerton and Suzanne Hemsley braved the air to fly in a small radio-controlled glider which prevented any disturbance to wildlife or their habitat.

Despite being larger than any of the resident birds, once the motor was cut on the glider it was able fly silently over the site without upsetting the cormorants, herons and gulls milling around.

Stuart, a member of the British Model Flying Association and enthusiastic photographer with a keen interest in wildlife was able to use all his skills together on this project to photograph and video the wetland site from above, while Suzanne was there to look out for real planes!

Suzanne said “You can easily see the conservation work carried out by the Trust and how the site will develop once the reed beds have established and the banks have greened up.  It was a privilege to be allowed to fly over a special area like this and we very much enjoyed our visit to Besthorpe.”

Stuart said “It was great flying my model glider over Besthorpe.  I can just imagine what it must be like to be a bird…it was magical”.

Click here to see the magnificent photos!

Click here to watch the fantastic video! (turn up your sound)

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