Tag Archives: nature

Why Buy A Trail / Wildlife Camera?

Acorn 6210MC Ready For ActionWhy would I want to buy a trail / wildlife camera?

This is a question that I am sure many people might ask, but unless you live somewhere where there are no wild birds or animals around, or you just aren’t interested in nature, there are so many reasons why a trail camera could be useful as well as educational.

But before I go rambling on about some of the great reasons for wanting a trail camera, for those of you who aren’t sure, here is a quick description of what a trail camera is.

A Trail Camera is a digital camera in a waterproof housing that can be set to take photographs or to record video when it’s motion sensors are triggered. It is designed to be left outdoors to record passing wildlife, and many also have infra-red flash to enable recording at night.

But I live in a town/city, not in the countryside?

Well so do we, but as well as cats and rats (only seen one of the latter in the last 5 years thankfully), we also have foxes, hedgehogs and as we found out recently, badgers as well.

What made that hole in our fence?

Badger Made This Hole In FenceOne morning I went out to work and found that a large hole had been made in the fence next to our side gate.

Knowing now that we have badgers visiting, we are almost certain that the badger is to blame for the hole. But we don’t mind, it’s an old fence, and it’s fun to be able to see animals like this in our garden.

I can’t afford something like that?

Well that’s what we thought too, but these days digital cameras are surprisingly affordable, and a basic trail camera can cost under £100 (US$150), although if you can afford it, don’t just opt for the cheapest model that you can find, because some of those extra features can be very handy.

What can a trail camera do?

In our case, our camera has been set in the garden where we know various animals pass through, feed, and also use a flower bed as a toilet.

These are some of the features that our Acorn 6210MC has for example:

  • 12 Mega Pixel Camera
  • 1080 HD Video
  • Infra Red Flash
  • 2 Timers (triggers only between set times)
  • When triggered take photo, video or both
  • Set length of video to record
  • Set interval between events
  • Time-lapse photography option

This is great to place in your garden or somewhere where nobody else is likely to discover the camera, but naturally you wouldn’t want to risk placing an expensive piece of kit like this in woods where someone might see it light up when it was activated.

Our model therefore has a covert infra red flash, so even when the camera is triggered by something moving in front of the sensors, there are no lights visible to humans, so you could leave it in nearby woods, or even somewhere in your garden closer to the street.

If you want to spend a bit more money, some cameras even have the capability to send the pictures and video that they record by MMS message or email by adding a Sim Card.

On the first night of use, our camera caught cats, a fox and a badger. What do you think a camera might photograph in your garden?

Well, have I sparked your interest in trail cameras yet?

There is much more to come, as we (hopefully) get more fun video of our local wildlife, as well as taking our trail camera on holiday with us later this month. I also plan to explain more about our camera, how to set it up, and how to get the most out of it.

If you would like to be notified of future posts on this site, please use the option at the top right of the page to subscribe to our posts.

It Was On The Beach At Midnight

full moon rising over the oceanAh I bet you thought this was going to be a naughty little rhyme, and while I thought about that, I decided to write a romantic poem instead.  I hope you like it.

This was written for GBE2 (Great Blogging Experience 2), the theme for the week being “Midnight”.

This poem was inspired by one Christmas Eve at Deerfield Beach in Florida, where we walked along the beach after the sun had set, and waited for the full moon to rise over the ocean.  It was a truly romantic moment, and I highly recommend watching the sun/moon rise/set over the ocean.

We were alone at midnight on the beach
The stars seemed almost in our reach
All was quiet except the sound
Of gentle waves washing up on the sand

The moon it was so bright and round
And lit both ocean and the ground
No man in the moon that night for me
But massive craters, so clear to see

It was truly romantic sitting on that beach
Holding hands, both quiet, no need for speech
Just enjoying the beauty of nature so grand
Soaking up love’s emotions right there on the sand

In An English Country Garden

As some of you know, I have recently moved into a new little house.  With the new little house, comes a new little garden.  The garden is unfortunately rather bare with a sad looking lawn, a couple of  lopped tree trunks, some shrubs, a few fence panels and a washing line.  There is also a strange looking decking area with a picnic bench to liven things up.  To one side of the garden, the boundary is edged with laurel bushes… is that bushes or trees?  Not sure, but it makes a very dense bush.

When I left my ex, I moved into a flat (apartment) as that was all I could afford.  I felt so closed in and really missed just being able to open the door and wander out.  I was so excited to have a garden again.

In no time at all, I had spotted a squirrel running around and burying things in the lawn.  I started putting peanuts out to encourage him.  Having just moved in and all the expenses that brings, I didn’t have any spare cash to go and buy elaborate feeders from the garden center, so I improvised and dropped the peanuts down on the decking.  The squirrel soon found his new dinner table and would happily come to visit and then bury his newly found stash.  He would even run up the lopped tree trunks and sit on the top looking out across the neighbouring gardens.  I fell in love with that little chap… well, not so little actually.  He was probably one of the fattest squirrels I’ve ever seen!

Then came the fateful day that I didn’t replenish the dinner table.  The squirrel was obviously determined to get every last scrape of peanut that was left..  He was so determined in fact, that he gnawed a chunk of decking away in his efforts to get to the tiny pieces that had fallen between the planks of decking…   oh dear…    So the dinner table moved to a paving slab.

The birds soon found the peanuts and treats too.  I was so excited to see all the different types of birds visiting MY little garden.  There were Robins, Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Sparrows, Chaffinches to name a few.  Ok, the occasional Magpie and Wood pigeon stopped by too… but they’re not so pretty, so I ignore them.

Then Christmas arrived, and so did Tony.  Via Tony, Santa gave me a Squirrel feeder and a fancy bird feeder all the way from America WOO HOO!!!   My Mother had also given me a bird feeder which was waiting to be put up, so there was Tony, the day after Christmas in the freezing fog, putting up feeders around the garden for me.  We visited the local garden center to buy a variety of seeds and then filled each feeder very carefully.  We also bought a plastic dish so that the ground feeding birds could enjoy coming to my garden too.

In no time at all, the robin and blue tits and all the other birds had found their new source of food and were happily feeding away.  No sign of that fat, overfed, deck gnawing squirrel though.  I was so happy to be attracting the wildlife into my garden and even though it was bitterly cold, I could sit in the lounge with my nose pressed against the window and watch all these wonderful little creatures feeding in my garden.  Hey, I even got up around 2 am one night when next doors security light came on to see if a fox had triggered it.

So, a new variety of wildlife finally came to my garden.  What was it?  I hear you cry!  A fox?  No.  A badger?  No.  A Hedgehog? No.  What do I get?  I get the worlds largest ever rat, and not only do I get a rat, I get a rat that decides to die in my garden… the audacity of it!!!  Thank goodness Tony found it and not me… you’d have heard the scream all the way across the pond LOL!!  Have we given it a formal burial?  Have we heck… it’s in the dustbin (garbage) waiting to be collected tomorrow 😉

I’ll let you know when Tubby the  squirrel returns.