I use one of my larger hedgehog boxes as a feeding station. It houses a nest box camera and an additional IR array that points up on the roof to bounce some additional IR into the area. The IR from the little nest box cam is not sufficient for such a large area. The image on my live camera can still be quite grainy, so I wanted to try to put some internal lighting in the box. The hedgehogs do not seem to be worried by the area being lit, so when I saw a little cupboard light in Morrisons, I thought it would be worth a try!
The light is run by 3 AAA batteries and has a small sensor. The sensor picks up movement and turns the light on. This has worked pretty well mounted into the roof of the box and the camera image is improved, although it can be a bit like a disco with the light going on and off! The hedgehog seems completely unperturbed by this!
The problem with this set up is that the light is coming from above and I cannot see the hedgehog's face very well. I saw a cheap solar fairy light set in Lichfield and decided to try to use this to mount some internal illumination in the side of the box.
There are 50 little LEDs, all powered by a solar unit that has a long cable and can be set some way away from the box, which is ideal. The box is in a very shaded area and the solar panel needs to be in a bright place if it is going to be able to recharge the batteries.
Hopefully, after a full day's charge, I will get a good few hours of extra lighting in the hedgehog feeding station. All for about £5!
I am trialling a new 'Suet to Go' Hanging feeder, but wanted to protect it from the magpies. I decided to wall mount a hanging basket frame onto the fence and hang the feeder in the middle.
The blue and great tits were first to visit, then robin and dunnock. The perch means more small birds can use it. I am hoping the woodpecker will visit before long.
Using four small sieves (or tea strainers), I built this to stop the magpies taking all the food that I put out for the woodpeckers and the smaller birds. It builds upon what I created on my first sieve feeder. All you need is 2 hanging basket frames, 4 small tea strainers / sieves, some cable ties, screws and a piece of wood....
Play the slideshow for instructions on how to make the 'Sieve Sphere'.
It only took a couple of minutes before the birds were using it!