Night time wildlife

Badger on a night time camera trap

After the visitors have gone home and the sound of mowers and voices of visitors and volunteers are long silenced, the garden is full of visitors of a different type.

Local science student Hayley Cox has set up camera traps across the garden, to capture the behaviour of wildlife when visitors and staff have gone home. Her findings will form part of her dissertation for her course on animal behaviour and welfare science at Hartpury College.

A heron caught on a camera trap
A heron caught on a camera trap

The cameras were placed in strategic locations across Prior Park. When they sense motion, the camera takes three images. Hayley is compaing the abundance of mammals in three different habitats - water area, woodland and open grassland. 

Hayley's research helps us get a better idea of what wildlife we have in the garden, and what it gets up to after dark. 

A fox caught on a camera trap
A fox caught on a camera trap