The first task in setting up the 'conservation' project for next academic year is to establish areas - in particular, sites - of study. Some are pre-existing and obvious: the pond with the adjacent facilities (nets, trays, tanks, microscopes etc.) of the field classroom; the bird feeders which are already in use by species both common and less common, and which can be viewed from the bird-hide in the wall of the classroom. But others have to be established.
I have called the process of establishing some of these sites 'trail trials' due to what will become a major method for surveying wildlife - the trail camera: motion-triggered, infra-red capable, and able to be left 'in the field' for extended periods with video or images collected at a later time.
An obvious location for a first attempt is shown in the videos below. While it may be recognisable to some, I will simply name it 'site 1'. With a pre-existing source of food, it already attracts squirrels, wood pigeons, stock doves, magpies, crows, and ground-feeding smaller birds such as the chaffinch. It may be the precursor of a future mammal feeding-station elsewhere.
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