Within Knoll Gardens, the Knoll Gardens Foundation has installed a Trail Camera. It is currently located in a secluded area in the garden where a new wildlife pond has been created away from the more the well-trodden public paths.
The area provides an easy access resource for those creatures unable to find their way safely into the existing ponds and water features, and will retain the water that normally drains quickly through the garden’s dry sandy soil.
To enable us to find out who visits the pond we have hidden the Trail camera to allow us to, quite literally, provide a better picture of wildlife activity in the garden on a regular basis day and night. Our recordings will add to the valuable information provided both by our annual garden wildlife survey and individual species monitoring.
Below, you can see some of the Trailcam captures. Firstly a diary collection from the first four months in the Current year 2020 (more will follow) and beyond that a look at a few of our visitors from 2019!!
April 2020 – Life in Lockdown
While the human population had to obey lockdown rules, who visited the wildlife pond? A largely settled period of dry weather, the small pond had to be topped up as you will see (at least that’s what we hope it was). The Birds collecting for nesting, a visit from a Great Spotted Woodpecker as well as returning Bullfinch and Nuthatch last recorded here in 2019. Look out for a visit from Neville the Cat too. See all this and more in this six minute condensed view from April 2020
Throughout March we see the foliage changing beyond the wildlife pond. Growth is evident and later we even spot some of the Knoll staff engaged on duties in the background. March 1st starts however with the visit of a squirrel in the early morning. Throughout the month our regular garden visitors are evident (Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Jay, Dunnock… and more.) The mice remain in the log pile and we have a visit from a badger. Towards the end of the month and as the country goes into Lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have some rain, something that was to be in short supply over the next months.
Here’s a look at the February visitors, a few regulars returning after no sightings in January and the Ducks have found the wildlife pond!
A slower month, less frequent in terms of visiting wildlife at our Trailcam. Blackbirds early in the month and with the Thrush remaining regular as they were late last year. Our Mouse (or mice!) out most nights as evidenced by a couple of Cat appearances. Robin remained a regular too and the squirrel back again as we moved into the latter part of the month
Here’s our Christmas 2019 Compilation (No sign of Santa or Rudolph we’re afraid) :-
The following provide just snapshot of those found in the last few months of 2019, as we start the New Year we will be looking to see who, when and with what frequency some of our visitors return.
Bullfinch (male) 23/9/19
Bullfinch (female) 11/10/19
Mouse 23/9/19 – a regular, appears most nights even when the temperature drops to freezing
Grey Wagtail 1/11/19
Thrush (and Jay) 27/09/19
Blue Tits (and Bullfinch) 21/09/19
Great Tits and Blue Tits 20/09/19
Robin 22/09/19 – often captured as the first and last bird of the day