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Take a Unique Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Picture!

Three antique style ‘fixed point’ cameras have been installed across the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB as part of a citizen science project to document the changing landscape.

With cameras at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Loggerheads Country Park and on the Prestatyn to Dyserth old railway line there are cameras accessible by all in some of our more picturesque settings. By taking a photo through these cameras and uploading it to Instagram (with #CRDV_AONB to tag your photo) you’ll add to a growing online dataset of images capturing the seasonal, land management and climatic changes of this outstanding landscape.

The three cameras have been installed over the last fortnight and already there’s a collection of images on Instagram for all to view, just search #CRDV_AONB.

Climate Change officer Tom Johnstone says he’s “incredibly excited to see more photos uploaded as part of this project. I’m really looking forward to seeing the autumnal colours and morning mist of the Dee Valley, the sunsets over the Clwydian Range from Loggerheads and the contrast between winter and spring on Prestatyn hillside and the old railway line”.

Locally, tourism manager at Wrexham County Borough Council, Joe Bickerton added;

"The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is one of the most photographed and iconic landmarks in Wales, so it's been great to work with Tom and his team at the AONB to install one of these fixed point camera stands underneath the aqueduct to enable a different angle for visitors to capture the structure and the landscape. By siting the camera in Jeffreys Wood underneath, we'd also encourage visitors to spend more time by exploring the footpath leading into Ty Mawr Country Park as part of one of the circular walking tours in and around our magnificent World Heritage Site."

To see more of the images taken at this site and across the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB, please follow this link to Instagram.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct from above - October 2022 (c) Joe Bickerton.

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