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Wildlife Tracking On Portland

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12:10am 30th September 2012

Tracking conservation like never before, a new remote controlled zipwire camera is creating a buzz on Portland.

This new fly-through technique, developed by the Dorset Wildlife Trust, is being used to film habitats in quarries and track the island's rare limestone grassland for wildlife.

The camera is now recording valuable data in the ongoing battle with alien species endangering insects and plants.

Sam Hamer, Portland's Living Landscape Project Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: "Portland is such a dynamic landscape and we needed to record the scale of the threat to limestone grassland within that context.

"We hope that it will offer an insight into this unique place for people who have never been here before, and it's a chance for people who know the quarries well to view them in a way they will not have seen them before."

After taking a month to perfect the camera is now providing valuable data for conservationist during the ongoing battle with alien species endangering insects and plants. This habitat houses ten UK Biodiversity Action Plan species including the chalk grassland form of the silver studded blue butterfly which lives nowhere else in the world.

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