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Wildlife cameras: a close up of garden wildlife

One of the most interesting things you can do is have a wildlife camera in your back garden so that you can spy on all of the garden wildlife and what they’re getting up to. It’s actually quite fascinating to watch different times in the days and nights as well as seasons and see exactly what’s going on. So in this article going to take a look at some of the best wildlife cameras available and what it would mean to you and your back garden and perhaps how you could teach your kids about the wildlife all the way. Afterwards she quite fascinating to see what others are doing in the garden and we can potentially learn how we can help them or as well.

Setting up a wildlife camera

One of the most important things with the wildlife cameras deciding exactly how you are going to set it up and where you are going to locateit. You want it to be in a busy part of the garden obviously want to be able to see what’s going on with all of the wildlife around. If you can’t see exactly what’s going on then it’s kind of a bit detrimental to the cause so definitely make sure that you find a well-placed tree or shrub that’s study; that you can plant against it so that it will take pictures and run a camera for you all the way through the evening without worrying about falling or being damaged.

Wildlife Camera
Wildlife Camera

Another important factor to consider is how far away from the actual Wi-Fi you are because most of the best wildlife cameras require a Wi-Fi connection and you obviously want to be as close as possible so you get an uninterrupted view. If you’ve got a Wi-Fi close by it means that you can actually watch the camera live as you go in the long and it’ll be really interesting to see all of the wild life as it goes about it’s daily business.

One of the reasons that you want such a good Wi-Fi connection is the fact that the images themselves were actually extremely high quality these days. You can actually get anywhere between 12 and 16 megapixels on the camera and that means that you’ll need quite a serious Wi-Fi connection to actually process the images that high a resolution. So it’s really important we actually end up with quality, stable network. Otherwise we’re not taking full advantage of the wildlife camera itself. And we should go for a lower quality one simply because we don’t have the ability to backup the quality of the wildlife camera itself.

Tips for using your wildlife camera.

The best advice I can give you a bell of wildlife camera is getting as close as you can without actually disturbing the animals around because it means that you’ll get a better reception against the camera itself and you’ll get high quality images and pictures.

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Another important factor is consider that you’ve got the battery fully charged for the night because you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you actually run out of power halfway through. You won’t be out there in the middle of the night and change the battery so be a bit of a waste of time so one of the checklist musts is to make sure that you’ve actually got all of the power that you possibly can to the camera itself before nightfall.

Overall a wildlife camera is an amazing thing for you and your family and should provide you with hours of entertainment and help you learn and understand the wildlife in your garden. I couldn’t recommend one highly enough.

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Food in wildlife garden

Food in wildlife garden

You can grow healthy, nutritious food in even the smallest of spaces. When growing your own food, think of what you like to eat and try to grow that. If you don’t like radishes, why grow them? If you have a reasonable amount of space, think of creating four raised beds. Grow potatoes in one, root vegetables like onions and carrots in another, beans and peas in another and cabbages, sprouts and broccoli in another. Then rotate what you grow in each bed from one year to the next in the same order as listed here to prevent pests and diseases.

If you only have a tiny space, think of growing vegetables that cost a lot in the shops or are just fun to grow. Strawberries can be grown in a special planter, tomatoes are often happy in pots next to a sunny wall and even potatoes can be grown in large pots. If you have kids, pumpkins and squashes are fun to grow too.

Tomatoes Plant
Tomatoes Plant

Perhaps the most useful plants to grow in a small space are herbs. A few small pots near the kitchen will provide you with tasty treats, look and smell good and attract butterflies and bees too. Visit our Wild Gardens blog for ideas about what you could be growing now and explore this section for ideas on how to grow food in a way that will be healthier and wildlife friendly.

Pests & diseases

All vegetable growers suffer the disappointment of losing their crops to pests and diseases sometimes. Encouraging the right sort of wildlife to your garden can help reduce the numbers of pests and reduce damage to your crops.

Frogs from your wildlife pond will eat their way through your slug population and if you have managed to encourage hedgehogs, they will eat them too. Thrushes will eat snails and you can sometimes hear them smashing their shells on a stone. Many other birds, like sparrows, great tits and robins will eat caterpillars and other insect pests. So there more you can do to attract these creatures to your garden, the greater the chance will be that your vegetables will not be attacked.

Gardening problems with snails
Gardening problems with snails

Many insects will also attack pests. Ladybirds are famous for munching their way through aphids, while hover flies will eat many nasty insect pests. These will all be encouraged in to your garden by following the advice in the wildlife section of this site, but you can grow dill especially to attract hoverflies.

Companion planting

Many vegetable growers grow other plants among their crops because they know that these help their crops to grow better or deter pests. This is called companion planting and there are many great combinations to try. The important thing is to remember to grow your companion plant at the same time as your crop, or you won’t see the benefits.

Some classic companions include growing French marigolds with your tomatoes. The marigolds give off odour that blackfly and greenfly can’t stand. Plant nasturtiums close to cabbages, sprouts and broccoli. The cabbage white butterfly prefers to lay its eggs on nasturtiums and the caterpillars will munch through these instead of your precious greens. The caterpillars will also be food for birds and you can eat the nasturtium flowers. Grow carrots and leeks together to ward of the dreaded carrot root fly. The onion smell of the leeks disguises the smell of carrots which are what these flies are attracted to.

Companion planting
Companion planting

Other companions to try are sage with carrots and cabbages to ward off pests, coriander to repel aphids from most crops, sunflowers to attract pollinating bees to runner beans and yarrow to attract hoverflies and ladybirds. A compost made of yarrow will also be rich in nutrients.

Healthy growing

Not that long ago gardeners would reach for chemicals at the first sight of a pest or disease. We now know that many chemicals are harmful to wildlife and pose a threat to our own health. So grow your food in a healthy way. As well as attracting wildlife and companion planting, you can replace chemicals with much safer options.

Dried egg shells or ground coffee
Dried egg shells or ground coffee

Slugs and snails can be deterred from attacking your crops with a barrier of dried egg shells or ground coffee. They just don’t like the roughness on their skins. Little yogurt pots sunk into the ground and filled with cheap beer or lager will attract them and you will be regularly disposing of drowned or drunk slugs and snails.

Many of our worst pests can be controlled with biological control. These are usually creatures which are parasites of the pest. For example, you can buy products containing parasitic nematode worms to attack slugs, while aphids can be attacked by lacewings or ladybird larvae. There is an ever growing range of biological controls to use, but if you are attracting wildlife to your plot, you should hardly ever need to use them.

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