What is a wildlife camera?

Simply, it is a camera that can set set up to record the comings and goings of animals in their natural surroundings and free of human intervention. Recording plant growth is another option.

Where can a camera be positioned?

More or less anywhere! The camera is a self-contained unit with a battery power supply and on-board recording, usually by means of an SD card. The only limitations relate to copyright and personal privacy.

What comes in the box?

The camera is the main component and usually included is an SD card (sometimes the micro variety) and leads to connect directly to a television and for downloading images directly to a computer. For iPad users the SD card can be connected by an adapter. We would recommend an official Apple one as we have found some cheaper alternatives to be very unreliable.

Cameras usually come with a webbing strap for anchoring the camera to a tree, plus a tripod screw. Some come with batteries - almost inevitably AA's - and of course, a user guide in 40 languages!

What will the camera record?

The following describes most of the features for this type of camera.

1 Video - set the time for length for recording

2 Still images, usually in jpeg format

3 Settings allow for both the recording of a still image followed immediately by a video sequence

4 Recordings are in full colour in daylight whilst infra-red images are recorded during darkness.

5 Sound

6 Time lapse sequences, ideal for recording the growth of plants and hi-speed snails!

How do I know when recordings are made?

A time and date stamp appear on every still photo and video sequence. Other data can be pre-set before use.

Is the camera watertight?

Yes, and no! These cameras are in two parts, joined by a hinge. A locking device plus a seal closes the two halves and only a heavy and prolonged downpour my cause water ingress. We recommend a box to house the camera and to protect from rain, snow and direct sunlight. This does not have to be a sophisticated design.

Wildlife cameras are easy to use to monitor animal movements during day and night. Features such as still, video and time-lapse recording make these cameras a versatile device for use in school grounds, home gardens and during visits to, for example, Leeson House. The time lapse feature enables the recording of plant growth.

Using a Wildlife Camera Inside and Outside the Classroom