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Put some Wildlife Cameras in your garden

Date Posted: 01 March 2016

We are surrounded by amazing, birds, animals and creatures which can prove difficult to watch either they are somewhere inaccessible, they only come out at night or they are very timid and disappear when you get too close to them.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could watch the wildlife that lives in or visits your garden from indoors without disturbing them and without them knowing, well you can, now that Spring is nearly here and our wildlife becomes more active and more interesting it is the perfect time to get started by putting up cameras in your garden.

 

Camera Ready Nest Box with Colour Camera Kit

Camera ready nest box with colour camera kit

 

Bird Nest Box with Infra Red Camera

Bird Nest Box with black & white infra red camera

 

Wildlife World Premium Colour and Infrared Nest Box or Bird Table Camera System       

Premium Colour and Infrared Camera Nest Box / Bird Table System

 

Wildlife World All Year Round Hi Spec Colour / Infrared Educational Camera Nestbox System       

All Year Round Hi Spec Colour / Infrared Nest Box Educational Camera System

Nest Boxes with Cameras

Nest Box cameras will provide you with an insight into the often private world of birds from nest building, egg laying, incubating the eggs, the chicks hatching, the parent birds feeding the chicks, the chicks growing and developing, the chicks exercising their wings and finally the big day when they fledge and leave the safety of their nest box. Some birds may have two or more broods over the Spring and Summer, you can continue to watch the birds in your nest box in Autumn and Winter when they use it as a safe, warm roosting site.

There are a wide range of Nest Boxes with cameras available each with differing features:

Boxes with internal fixed cameras which allow you to observe the activity within your nest box.

Boxes with removable cameras that can be positioned in the nest box during the nesting season and then located elsewhere around the garden for the remainder of the year; some may not be fully waterproof. The tiny cameras can be used in: hedgehog houses, bat boxes, insect houses and covered bird feeders, or domestic pet surveillance, aviaries, stables, hutches etc.

Boxes with Black and White images only or boxes that have colour images during the day and infra-red lighting that will give black and white images at night.

Nest boxes that have a standard 32mm round entrance hole which will attract Great Tit, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow and Nuthatch.

Nest boxes that have a 32mm round entrance hole but also have the option to remove the front panel to make an open fronted nest box suitable for Robins, Wagtails and Flycatchers.

Most boxes are supplied with a 30m length of cable that connects to your TV.

It is worth taking the time to study the options available and work out which will be the most useful in your garden.

If you have a removable camera you may want to try an experiment in your garden and construct a 'Rodentarium' similar to the one on Springwatch by placing various types of food in a hollowed out tree stump, wooden box or in a corner of your shed which only Rats, Mice, Shrews and Voles can access, you may be amazed who visits for a midnight feast.

 

Acorn Scouting Wildlife Camera

Acorn Scouting Wildlife Camera

Wildlife Cameras

These are waterproof camera units with their own power supply (batteries), the sharp bright colour day pictures and clear black/white night pictures are stored on an internal memory card, this means that they can be placed further afield and are not restricted to the garden.

The cameras can be triggered by a sudden change of ambient temperature caused by moving wildlife which is detected by a highly sensitive Passive Infra-Red (PIR) Sensor which will take pictures or video clips automatically.

They will withstand extreme low or high temperatures and can be easily strapped to a post or a tree or mounted on a building. If you are siting your camera in nearby woods or fields you may need to ask the landowners permission first.

You might be lucky enough to record Foxes, Badgers, Hedgehogs, Rabbits, Deer, Squirrels, Owls, Bats and much more.

 

 

 

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