Unless you want to spend the whole day staring out of your window - and even then you may not get the best results - we suggest setting camera traps around your garden to capture all types of creatures and critters. There may be areas of your garden that are hidden from view or other activities, places where you’ve scattered food, or areas you know nocturnal animals are likely to go at night, placing your camera traps in the right place will mean that you get the best view of wildlife.
Choose a camera trap
Whether this be a bird feeder camera trap, a nestling camera trap - it is dependent on your garden’s terrain. You can also have triggered and non-triggered cameras - this is dependent on how long you want the camera out in your garden and how much footage you are willing to scroll through to see the animal encounters.
Choose where to place it in your garden
In view of feeders you have placed out or within hidden areas of your garden. Look for regular paths or tracks. Is there a tree near it that you can attach the camera to, or a flat surface you can place it on?
Set up the camera feed
How long are you going to keep it out for? Is it a daily check, or a project you want to keep out longer? Make sure to weather-proof the camera trap - seal it well, weather-proof duct tape comes in very handy. Make sure your cables are good quality too and that you have spares just in case!
Wait for the critters to come to you
Don’t disturb your camera very often, even just to check on it. You’ll leave your scent around if you do, and by leaving the area untouched it will give you the best chance of capturing some great footage.
View your footage
See which wildlife comes to your garden - are there any surprises? Have a research of your area and see what other animals could be about and is there a way for you to spot these too?
NWS would love to hear stories from your own back garden and what wildlife you have captured there.