At our offices in Morton Bagot we have a Wildlife World nest box complete with integrated camera. We have noticed a fair amount of activity with the prospective parent(s) making there way back and forth with nesting material. Hopefully although the nest building is a little latter in the month than previous years we will be lucky enough to get another successful pair using the nest box again….I’ll keep you updated.
If you aren’t happy with seeing your child in front of the television again or playing on computers, then perhaps you should consider buying them a telescope.
1. Buying your child a telescope will help improve their schoolwork. The very nature of astronomy is inextricably linked to mathematics and physics. Your child will be able to explore the universe and see the point of these school subjects that they may have previously felt were dry or simply irrelevant to their life. This should improve not only understanding, but encourage motivation.
2. Stargazing can help encourage their curiosity and imagination . Just when you think children will never stop asking questions, they do. Whether it is age or boredom or a lack of stimulation, you can encourage and maintain a curiosity about the world through gazing at the stars, and this curiosity will inform other aspects of their learning too.
3. Astronomy will boost their confidence. How? By being trusted with their own piece of equipment – and an unusual one at that – and taking care of it, assembling and disassembling their astronomical telescope as required. Also through learning about something mysterious and complex, and by having to spend time alone or with one other person. All of these factors will develop a child’s self esteem.
4. It can help create closer family relationships. Standing in the garden on a cold clear night and staring at shooting stars or a previously unseen planet are incredible experiences to share. Sharing a hobby is a great way to get closer to your child and beats staring at the TV.
While most of us don’t have access to the kind of diverse wildlife we see on television documentaries, we shouldn’t overlook the wildlife which is – literally – in our own back yards.
In most British fields and gardens we have access to badgers, hedgehogs and birdlife such as owls. Even urban parks play host to urban foxes, and further out in the countryside deer are commonly found.
All of these fascinating and truly wild animals have one thing in common: they are notoriously shy and nocturnal, meaning that you are only really going to see them under a cloak of darkness.
Night vision optical devices refer to binoculars or telescopes that have been designed to assist night time viewing. They are usually divided into three groups: Generation I, Generation II and Generation III. Generation I is regarded as the best equipment for most amateur wildlife watchers, given the balance of price, manageability and result.
Night vision optical devices allow you to see up to a distance of 10 to 400 feet, depending on your equipment. Despite their name, night vision optical devices do require a small amount of light in order to work.
If you think that you will be regularly using your night vision optical device in poor weather conditions (such as fog or rain) or in total or near darkness, than it is probably worth investing in an infrared illuminator which increases the distance and quality of your view.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get closer to the wildlife on your doorstep.
TheCelestron Outland LX 8×32 binoculars have been reviewed in the current BBC Wildlife and were ON TEST WINNER beating the Nikon, Pentax, Opticron, RSPB and Bushnell binoculars to receive a staggering 19/20. Further details and a copy of the review to follow shortly.
The Yukon Exelon 3×50 was the ‘wildlife on test winner’ in the BBC Wildlife June edition. They recommended it, as it was easy to use. They found the size and clarity of the image excellent for such a small, lightweight night vision scope. It was the scope everyone wanted to use whenever any animals came into view. For more details on the Yukon rang of night vision scopes follow the link here.
We have just taken delivery of the Manfrotto View Carbon Fibre Kits consisting of 190 MFV Legs and 700RC2 Head. Compact and lightweight, this is the lightest kit in the View Family series, and what makes it even better is that we are able to offer it at a £170.00 a saving of £35 over the usual selling price. Stocks is limited. Details on the website.