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What’s in your garden?

Whether in your garden or walking out in our beautiful countryside, do you know what animals are either hidden in trees/ grass or just out of your sight? People usually think of their own garden as an area to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables or perhaps as a pleasant place to sit, play or have a barbecue. Of course, a garden is there to be enjoyed by us, but there is no reason why we cannot share it with wildlife, which may need it as much, if not more, than we do. We can study the natural world right outside our back door by sitting quietly and just allowing them to lead their own lives without actually disturbing them. Or perhaps using a pair of binoculars to give us a greater insight and reveal more than we would normally see with the naked eye. Binoculars give you the flexibility to have that more detailed view of the wildlife either in your garden or when out and about and enjoying our wonderful countryside. However, at home more and more people are also starting to use cameras originally 58 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

designed for surveillance to also capture what is going on in their garden either during the day or also at night utilising sophisticated modern technology built into this equipment. This gear has been specifically designed to be used outside built to be weatherproof and to withstand all weather extremes and is ideal for not only monitoring your property, or holiday home, but also just to see exactly what is going on either by day or night in your garden. An example of this modern equipment is the Minox DTC 600 which is highly configurable and has features such as intelligently designed motion detectors which can be used to either record high quality video images or still photographs. This also has a powerful infrared night vision system delivering great results over a range of up to 15 metres. Systems such as this can also have their sensitivity adjusted to ensure that you don’t capture too many waving branches in the breeze but record real movement in the garden. Equipment such as this has really changed how we can see what goes on around us and gives

us a fascinating view of birds, foxes, badgers and the like that regularly share our space but that we rarely see. If you are interested in finding out more about gardening for wildlife, you may like to read:Muck and Magic - published by the Henry Doubleday Research Association, National Centre for Organic Gardening, Ryton-onDunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3LG. How to Make a Wildlife Garden - Chris Baines, Elm Tree Books. Wildlife Watch, The Kiln, Waterside, Mather Road, Newark, Notts, NG24 1WT (Junior section of the Wildlife Trusts). Young Ornithologists Club, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL. (Junior section of the RSPB) For more information and advice about Trail Cameras and Binoculars please visit Emmett and Stone Country Sports at Wilton Farm, Marlow Road, Little Marlow, Bucks SL7 3RR. Call 01628474187 or visit their online store

Living Along The Thames Maidenhead June/July 2013  
Living Along The Thames Maidenhead June/July 2013  

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