Wildlife trap cameras have been used by film makers and scientists for some time but it’s only in the last few years that this technology has become accessible and usable to everyone. Now we can really find out what wildlife is visiting our gardens and get a look into the secret world of the beautiful creatures we have living on our doorstep. With infrared vision, wireless connectivity and powerful mobile apps, there’s affordable tech to help you do it so here’s our top 5 tips to get the most from your wildlife camera.
All creatures great and small
There’s a tendency to just think about the big mammals when you’re positioning your wildlife camera but that’s only a small part of what you could capture. Our Wireless Wildlife Camera is super-sensitive and uses PIR motion sensor technology. This enables it to detect heat sources from passing animals and, as such, it’ll have no problem capturing the critters in action as well. Yes, you’ll be able to capture badgers and foxes but there’s also joy to be had from watching a busy wood mouse going about its business in the borders of your garden whilst you’re tucked up in bed, or watching the micro-world of earthworms and insects in a woodpile.
Good things come to those who wait
It’s important to persist if you don’t come up trumps straight away with your camera. Persistence pays off and a little experimentation will usually reap success. If you can engage your inner tracker, slow down and look, you’re more likely to see the signs of wildlife that’ll help you to position your camera better. Look carefully for trails, droppings, scratching spots, footprints and wildlife highways and you’ll get an idea of the nocturnal journeys they’re taking. The joy of wildlife watching is in its unpredictability so don’t be disappointed if you’re not immediately successful.
If you build it, they will come
The more habitats you can create in your garden the more success you’ll have. It’s amazing how quickly wildlife finds new habitats. Build an old log pile in an unused corner of the garden and you’ll find it quickly attracts insects which, of course, provide a food source for mammals. Water sources are a fantastic way to attract and care for wildlife. A pond of any size, no matter how small will provide habitat and drinking water as well as the perfect focal point for your wildlife filming!
Whilst things might be a bit quieter in your garden during rainy periods there’s still plenty to film! If your camera is properly weatherproof, as our Wireless Observation Wildlife Camera is, then make sure you put it out. You might capture some soporific scenes of mammals sheltering in log piles whilst the rain pours down or frogs jumping and splashing around your pond.
Day and night
If your camera has infared LEDs then you’re all set up to capture the secret nocturnal world that that the human eye cannot. But don’t forget to film in the day time as well. You could position your camera near a bird feeder or bird bath to see a different perspective and get up close and personal with your garden birds. Our camera films in 1080 HD so you’ll be able to slow footage down and zoom in to see things you couldn’t possibly take in if you were watching live!
So now you’re all set to become the next David Attenborough! If you haven’t already got a camera, check out our Cameras For Wildlife and get to know what’s really going on in the wonderful world of your garden.
Here’s just a few of the creatures we’ve captured on our camera: