Wildlife reports

If you regularly walk in the wood and would like to contribute wildlife reports we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing www@oakleywood.org.uk

Trail camera

In April I set up a trail camera in the wood to see what animals are around when we aren’t there to scare them away. The camera is sited on an animal track (although not always the same one), away from paths that people would use. It is triggered by a motion sensor, and in daylight captures colour images and at night time just monochrome, taken in IR light. The camera can be set to capture a series of still images or a short video. I’ve done both.

I was particularly hoping to capture deer, as they are occasionally seen but expert opinion suggested that the wood is too small to support a resident population. Well, maybe not…

Most of the images are good for identification only because they are taken by a dumb camera – maybe an ear, a bottom, a blur or often nothing – but occasionally something worth seeing. Here are some of the better ones so far:

and here are the best of the video clips rolled into one:

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did getting them. The camera is still in place with hopefully more to come.