Deer Me: Caught in the Act

deerme_smallerProof of the culprits hanging around the field & polishing off the leaf beet – and digging holes in inconvenient places! These two roe deer appear next to the hedge,  by a pile of brassica stems from last winter which we left piled up to attract hedgehogs and other wildlife – seems to have done the trick anyway! Who says badgers aren’t territorial?!

Wildlife Cam

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Flying fox
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Naughty wabbit

So Santa bought me a very exciting present this year: a wildlife camera! I’ve been wanting one for years, and not just to see which little blighters have been eating certain crops (the deer prints, badger burrows and rabbit droppings kinda give the game away); but there is something very exciting even to a hardened grower or farmer about seeing your fields appearing unfamiliar snapped in the dark and the local wild nightlife out to party.

 

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Spot the redwings

The camera has infrared LEDs to work at night and a motion detector which can be adjusted for sensitivity, and can take photos or video. I set up the small box in the leek patch between Christmas and New Year just to see what was around. Although the nights were cold (several pictures of freezing fog with the glint of an eye just visible through the mists), it caught quite a bit: a flying fox, rather large and bold rabbits, lots of blackbirds and thrushes (hurrah! Eat those slugs guys!), and redwings. I’ll set it up somewhere else today I think and see who else comes to visit…