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Woolly Webcams

Woolly WebcamsAs part of our 60th anniversary celebrations, we are expanding our well-known webcam coverage further by locating semi-permanent cameras on the fells.  The existing George Fisher webcam, located high on our building with views towards Skiddaw, is one of the most popular online webcams in the Lake District with many thousands of views each year. The RAF base at Linton on Ouse has even admitted it checks the webcam before its pilots head through the Lakes on low-level training sorties.

The new initiative will place additional webcams high on fellsides, initially in the North Lakes area. Inspired by the Go Herdwick fund-raising project, where life-size sheep sculptures formed a public art trail, we are creating a network of strategically-placed sheep on the hills. Not just any sheep, of course, but lifelike fibreglass sculptures similar to the ones produced for Go Herdwick, equipped with webcams.

The sheep are fitted with solar panels, a Lithium-ion battery, an internal antenna plus a small pico-cell.  Following consultation with the Lake District National Park planning committee, colour schemes will blend into the scenery and images will be aggregated on the existing George Fisher website.

1 April 2017 by George Fisher

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