Herald - Issue 398

Page 46 • The HERALD • 19th November 2020 v GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH THE HERALD v RYAN FENCING Quality Fencing & Gates 07769 706516 • 023 8084 1203 www.ryan-fencing.co.uk • Find us on Facebook SPADEWORK Family Landscaping & Fencing Team ] Decking & Natural Sandstone Paving ] Patios ] Driveways ] Block Paving ] Turfing ] All Types of Domestic & Commercial Fencing ] Security Fencing Supplied & Fitted Tel: (023) 8089 4909 Mobile: 07703 566814 u F ree E stimates u F ully I nsured | DOWN THE GARDEN PATH | THE TREE WIZARD All aspects of tree surgery, garden maintenance and landscaping undertaken Family run business for over 20 years No Job Too Big or Small Please call 07552 977731 for a Free Quotation Smart Ways to Capture the Wonders of Wildlife Tips from the experts at leading security firm Yale Nature lovers across the UK are being encouraged to set up their own creature-cam to chart the fortunes of British wildlife during the changing seasons. While cameras have been used by wildlife experts the world over for some time, it’s only in the last few years that this technology has become more accessible to the general public. Today, with a bit of thought and careful planning, you can easily discover what animals are visiting your garden and see into the world of creatures that live right on your doorstep. Wireless technology Modern smart cameras are simple to set up and a convenient tool that can be used to open a window into the wonders of our natural world. With a live feed through your smartphone these devices let you watch wildlife remotely, so any garden visitors don’t get spooked and you stay warm and dry. As the bright days of summer give way to the longer nights of autumn, remember that night vision is perfect for capturing the nocturnal world of garden wildlife, and check that your device is IP65 rated so it’s built to withstand the unpredictable British weather. By choosing a camera with a built-in light you can see what animals and creatures are around at night or switch it o and use night vision instead. Choose a HD camera with wide-angle viewing, so all the action can be captured and seen with a crisp, clear feed. With the Yale All-in- One smart camera and a smartphone you can receive noti cations of any motion detected and then take advantage of real-time viewing, while some cameras allow you to add a MicroSD card so any motion is automatically saved to be watched later. Get building 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. Hedgehog houses, although easy to make and cheap to purchase, are found in under 20% of gardens. Bird’s eye view or down on the ground Position your camera near a bird feeder or birdbath to gain a di erent perspective. A pond will provide a great habitat and drinking water and will be a perfect focal point for your wildlife lming. Water will also attract insects and the mammals that eat them. If you’re aiming to lm mammals, such as badgers, it’s best to position your device in quieter, darker spots. According to the RSPCA, badgers may enter gardens as they move between setts or look for food and can even set up home in secluded areas in gardens if you’re lucky. e charity also says that providing supplementary food in limited amounts can be bene cial to these nocturnal visitors. Suitable foods include tinned cereal-based dog food with lightly cooked meat, cheese, some peanuts and fruits. However, care must be taken to avoid badgers becoming dependent on handouts when food is put out every night in large amounts, the charity warns. Don’t give up! When all is said and done remember that the real joy of watching wildlife is in its unpredictability – so don’t be disappointed if you’re not successful straight away. A little patience and a lot of thought will usually reap rewards; nd your inner-David Attenborough, take a moment and look around. is way you’re more likely to see signs of wildlife, such as tracks and droppings, which will help you to position your creature-cam in the best spot. For more advice and information about the range of smart cameras available from Yale, visit www. yalehome.co.uk