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If you have any pictures of wild Animals in your Garden or countryside I would love to include them on this page. Please send them in to me.
Surveillance Equipment to help you watch Wild Birds & Animals in your Garden Day & Night


www.nestboxcameras.com   Email:  sales@nestboxcameras.com
www.nesboxcameras.com - NESTBOX and WILDLIFE Cameras at Discounted prices.

HIGH QUALITY CAMERAS at Low "Easy-on-the-Pocket Prices"
Nest box & Wild Life Cameras. Wireless or Wired (10 : 20 : 30 : 50 meters of wire)
Ideal for Aviaries, Parrot Nest boxes, Wild Bird Nest Boxes, Bird Tables, Bat Boxes. Watching Squirrels, Foxes and Badgers-sets plus any other Wild-life you would like to watch without disturbing them.  Also monitor your Broody hens or even use as security cameras to keep an eye on your property.  
6 : 12 or the ultimate 30 LED's for superb night time vision/vigilance.

12 LED's Cameras come with sound & colour for day-time viewing + infra-red facility for night viewing or seeing into the dark recesses of Nest box areas. 
Keep an eye on Wild or Aviary birds/eggs/chicks in the Nest box.
When used in  Dark areas the picture shows as Black & White

The lenses are adjustable - and are "Parrot-proof" perfect for A. Greys, Amazons and Macaws.  Can also be used in 10" deep nest box - a bit close up but still good - you do get all the Nest box floor area. 

For smaller, non-chewing birds - Finches, Sparrows, Robins etc
I do a smaller camera that fits inside the Nest box it comes with
6 LED's + sound and adjustable focus facility.
 
Wild Bird Nestbox camera kits....... consists of 6 LED camera, power supply and 20m of cable (takes power, sound and picture) it does not come with a nest box. All these cameras can be used for other things as well

i.e. Hedgehog boxes; Bat-boxes, Owls etc.
(Special Infra-red Night-time Cameras with
30 LED's
for better Night vision - at very reasonable rates are available for watching Foxes and Badgers in your garden at night when they are out foraging.
 
If you have a few cameras set up you can use a Multiplexer, which allows you to connect all the camera wires into the one box and then into your TV/Monitor, so you can switch between cameras, zoom in and watch them all at the same time.
prices start from 35

www.nestboxcameras.com   Email:  sales@nestboxcameras.com

DOVE COTES

Professionally JOINER-MADE
 
(can be made to your own specifications if you wish)

We have some 2 tier Dove Cotes in Stock that are
a similar design to the one in the picture.

For further details inc. prices
Email: tm.cop@virgin.net
 

 

BRING MORE WILDLIFE into your GARDEN
- MAKE YOURSELF A HEDGEHOG NESTING BOX
and keep and eye on them with one of our Wild Life Cameras

  • Hedgehogs prefer woodland, hedgerows and suburban habitats, where there is plenty of food.

  • Females have a litter of 4-5 young between April and September.

  • Males don't assist in rearing them.

  • Young born late in the year often die, as they are  too small to survive hibernation.

  • They need to weigh at least 450g (1lb.) or they won't be carrying enough fat to last thru the winter.

  • Hibernation usually begins around November and ends Easter-time

    • can be affected by the weather.

  • Hedgehogs normally wake up several times over winter and often build a new nest.

  • They can travel 1-2km each night - males more than females.

  • They return to the same day-time nest for a few days then use another, perhaps returning to an old nest at a later date.

  • Hedgehogs can live for up to 10 years but this is exceptional.

  • Over half die before their first birthday. Average life expectancy is approx. 2-3 years.

BUILDING and Siting your HEDGEHOG HOUSE

  • You can use the picture above as a rough template - use 1/2" or 3/4" exterior plywood.
  • The thicker the better for warmth.
  • An approx size of 20" x 18" and 10-12" deep would be ideal.
  • An Entrance tunnel of 9 - 12" long will help keep cold weather out
    • - don't face  it towards North or North East. 
  • You can insert a small 6 LED Camera inside the top back wall or in the lid to keep watch on the hedgehog while it is hibernating, to ensure all is well.
  • Place you hedgehog house in a quiet part of your garden, preferably against a wall or fence. 
  • This will provides a secure winter home and will be the ideal place for a female to have her young in the Spring. 
  •  If you "treat" the wood, make sure you use a modern/safe  "cuprinol" wood preservative.
  • The finished Home should be covered with plastic sheeting to keep out damp, then place soil and twigs on top.
  • Hay/straw/dried leaves can be left outside, which will be taken in and used for bedding. 
  • Remember that Hedgehogs have soft feet and so the floor should have a newspapers, sawdust or earth base.
  • After winter use, it needs to be cleaned out.
  • To make sure it has been vacated - put a small amount of food (such as saucer of cat or dog food, but not the fish varieties) into the entrance tunnel, to see whether it disappears
    • -  if it doesn't, this is an indication that the Hedgehog is no longer in residence.

Also ideal to watch wild birds (or Squirrels) on your bird tables on your TV

RED SQUIRRELS

  • Red squirrels prefer woodland that contains a fair proportion of conifer trees
  • They can live 3 - 6  years in the wild.
  • It is thought their long tail helps the squirrel to keep its balance when it is jumping from tree to tree.
    • It may also keep the animal warm whilst it sleeps
  • They don't hibernate but they do lay down stores of food to see them through periods when fresh food is not available.
  • Coniferous and mixed broadleaf woodland provide a source of food all year round, as pine seeds are available over the winter months.
  • Red squirrels have quite a varied diet which includes seeds, buds, flowers, leaves and fruit.
  • They are known also to eat insects, some fungi and birds' eggs.
  • Red squirrels build nests high in the branches, from sticks and moss, called "Dreys".
  • They produce two litters of three to four kittens a year, usually in March and July.
  • Gestation period is 38-39 days.
  • Squirrels have multiple partners and mate many times during their lives
  • The Drey is often the first evidence of the presence of red squirrels.
  • Other signs are chewed pine cone 'cores' (birds leave ragged remains) also split hazel nut shells 
  • They are day-time foragers.

  • Bad weather can seriously hinder this activity and, without food the squirrels can only survive for a few days.

  • So, food stores are necessary.

  • Red squirrels can not remember where they created food stores, they have to search for them.
    • Many stores are never found again
    • This is one good reason to feed Squirrels in your gardens during colder weather.

THREATS

  • There is evidence to suggest, over the past 50 years, that red squirrels are declining.

  • Their dramatic decline has been due to loss of habitat, disease and in particular, competition from the introduction of the bigger, grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).

  • The two species are known to co-exist in some areas

  • There is no evidence of the Greys actually being aggressive but if food supplies are limited - the Grey Squirrel tends to come out on top.

  • A lot of National Trusts are trying to discourage the Grey Squirrels from invading Red Squirrels habitat, esp. in the Lake District.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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