I have been designing and making wildlife products since 2007, mainly for the trade
In the last few years technology has been making its way into a lot of habitats and I find myself being asked more and more to design houses and nest boxes which can have a camera fitted
Most recently the market is going towards solar panels and cameras which require no trailing leads, these are good but also much more expensive to buy
So I have an interesting question to ask this forum
Birds do tend to look around and pick nesting sites, be it a nest box or just a tree or bush, some more than others
Chances are you will site a nice new camera nest box and then the birds dont choose it but the old one near by which does not have a camera in it......
A nest box with 2 sections, one would be the next box as normal the other a closed panel where no birds can gain access, this second section is for the camera, it would not be just a front panel by the way, more likely a completely different part of the nest box
So the concept is you put up 3 or 4 of these nest boxes in your garden, wait until the nest box has been occupied and then add the camera to that nest box, meaning your chances of success are vastly increased
Even though I can make sure the camera section is not part of the main nest box, would there still be a risk of disturbing the mother and nesting site and also would this be classed as interfering with a nesting bird site which is breaking the law
My thoughts are the idea is a novel one but the concept is flawed by the risk of disturbing the nesting site, although I have sort of answered my own question I thought it worth asking the question and seeing what other people think?
Thanks for reading and please let me know your thoughts
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