Newark: Discover what animals are visiting your garden and the creatures that live right on your doorstep
As BBC show Autumnwatch charts the fortunes of British wildlife during the changing seasons, nature lovers are being encouraged to set up their own creature-cam.
With a bit of thought and careful planning, you can easily discover what animals are visiting your garden and see the creatures that live right on your doorstep.
Here are some tips from the experts at leading security firm Yale.
A live feed through your smart-phone lets you watch wildlife remotely, so any garden visitors don’t get spooked and you stay warm.
Night vision is perfect for capturing nocturnal wildlife, and check the device is IP65 rated so can withstand the unpredictable British weather.
Choose a HD camera with wide-angle viewing, so all the action can be captured and seen with a crisp, clear feed.
Some cameras allow you to add a MicroSD card so any motion is saved to be watched later.
Once you have your camera, the more habitats you create in your garden the more success you’re likely to have with it.
Start by building a log pile in an unused corner; they can attract and support a huge diversity of wildlife.
With hedgehog numbers in severe decline and the potential importance of gardens for this species, it could be especially rewarding for you to consider providing resources in your garden to support them.
Bird’s eye view or down on the ground
Position your camera near a bird feeder or birdbath to gain a different perspective. A pond will provide a great habitat and drinking water and will be a perfect focal point.
If you’re aiming to film mammals, such as badgers, it’s best to position your device in quieter, darker spots.
Don’t give up
Remember, wildlife is unpredictable so don’t be disappointed if you’re not successful straight away.
A little patience and a lot of thought will usually reap rewards. Look around and you are more likely to see signs of wildlife, such as tracks and droppings, to help you to put your camera in the best spot.
For more advice about smart cameras, go to www.yalehome.co.uk