Updated: Feb 4
I was keen to get a Birdsy camera set-up here at Aigas Field Centre. There is an enthusiastic team of rangers who will be able to keep the platform loaded with food and to check the footage. The kit is perfect for a centre like this as it will monitor the feeding station, make recordings of all that visits and then these videos can be used to educate and inform the public about the wildlife that visits.
As I am up in Aigas for just a short time, I sent the team some sketches of the sort of thing I wanted to build. When I arrived, I was thrilled to see that all the timber had been cut and was ready to build. Hugh, the estate maintenance officer had it all sorted and Greg and Ben were also on hand to help. All the materials were from the Aigas site, which is wonderful.
The first thing to do was to get the camera up and running and to check that it was all working on the Internet connection here at Aigas. That involves first plugging the camera directly into the router and setting it up. Once it has connected with your Internet connection, it can be unplugged and moved into its position.
As we were putting the feeding station quite close to a router extension , we opted to hard wire it in, along with the power, in some ducting underground to ensure a good, constant connection.
The team had chosen the location, on the edge of some pine forest. It is a lovely location, close to Magnus House (where the education centre is and the rangers office) . We started by sinking the upright poles into the ground to make the legs on which the platform would rest.
Once all four post were in, Hugh cut the tops off, to create a level base…