Focus on Kingston creatures as local wildlife group awarded survey kit

8 cameras, 6 memory cards, 48 batteries and a hedgehog house will all form part of the Surbiton Wildlife Group’s new wildlife survey kit, following a £750 grant from Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee.

The local wildlife surveys will build up a picture of what wildlife exists in Surbiton, population sizes, as well as activity during the day and in the evening. Initially the study will concentrate on the local population of hedgehogs, whose numbers have dropped dramatically nationwide.

Councillor Terry Paton, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Resident Services at Kingston Council, said: 

“Times are getting tougher for local authorities, with central government funding continuing to reduce. This project is a fantastic example of how the Council, working closely with the local community, can make Kingston a better place to live for residents and wildlife alike.

“More than ever, the Council and local people need to join forces through initiatives just like this, to improve our borough together for everyone.”

Councillor Malcolm Self, Chair of the Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee, said:

“This is a fantastic cause - not only will the Surbiton Wildlife Group be helping our local wildlife to prosper, they will also be offering recorded footage to local schools as an educational resource.

“The more local, community-led initiatives like this that we can get behind as a Council, the better.”