In the last month, I have been working on a new Prickly Diner Hedgehog Feeding station. With the success of my Mammal Box HD and the mouse and shrew footage I have captured, I wanted to see if I could capture the hedgehogs in a similar set up.
Using a new hedgehog feeding station from Ark Wildlife, I cut out the back of the box and built and ‘extension’ to house a small Vivotek HD camera. I positioned it carefully so as to be on eye-level with the hedgehogs.
Lining the box with bark, logs and other bits and pieces, I did not want to put a large bowl inside. Instead, I drilled a sunken bowl into the floor of the box. I thought I could then fill this with food and the hedgehog image would not be obscured by a bowl then.
At the weekend, I finished the box and installed some little LED lights. In the past, the hedgehogs have been totally un-phased by lighting and it means I can capture excellent images in full colour. I did not have to wait long! My first visitor visited 6 times last night and as I type now, he is munching away on the newly filled feeding area!
I am thrilled with the images and the clips I am capturing. I will be installing a microphone so we can hear the munching and hopefully be live streaming this camera soon.
Here are the first video captures I have saved…
The first is of a Wood Mouse…the first to take advantage of the food!
Then the hedgehog appeared…