British Moorlands

Equipment

Predation Control Equipment

Each estate will have special needs or features so a mix of technologies is often called for. All the equipment listed below is suitable for trap monitoring.

Long distance data transmission is sometimes required e.g. for a part time keeper who lives several miles from his ground.

Trap checking by an operator is very expensive and can deter land managers from predator control . If gamekeeper time (including cost of house, vehicle, ATV etc) is around £15 per hour and 15 traps are visited per hour the daily cost is £1 per trap and so the outlay for automatic trap checking equipment can be recouped in less than a year. .      Plus a much reduced carbon footprint !

 

Camerachecker – Colour Photos and Infra Red images by night

This has a very small digital camera activated by a sensor or by a text message instruction from the operator.    For visual inspection of traps and snares the camera is programmed to take pictures at regular pre-set times.

Pictures are sent immediately by email to a smartphone or to a laptop or tablet.  It comes with its own special LTE sim card so that it can be used even in areas with very weak mobile phone signal.

There are no clicks or whirs to give away its location.

There is no annual or monthly subscription provided the number of pictures does not exceed 3 per day.

Useful Applications:

  • Detecting unwelcome visitors and photographing them for identification and prosecution evidence, if necessary.
  • Predator surveillance. Distinguish between badgers, foxes & hares.
  • Where visual inspection is needed is required for any traps except corvid traps if they have live bird decoys.

Range anywhere with any mobile phone coverage.

Radiochecker

One or more traps, fitted with sensors, are connected by a small cable to a radio transmitter which checks and reports 20 times a day to a radio receiver. A receiver station handles the data from up to 100 transmitters, records everything and indicates which units need a visit on that day.  Transmitters on trap sites can be 3 – 5 miles from the receiver, if there is clear line of sight.

Size of transmitters:  6 inches x 3 inches x 3 inches high (8.5 inches including antenna).

Powered by 4  AA batteries which last about 3 months

Receiver and its SMS unit powered by 12v battery which can be kept charged by solar panel or small wind generator.

Easily painted or wrapped for camouflage.

Signal is not affected by dense woods but it is stopped by rising ground. Ideally sited to beam across a valley or bowl shaped moorland to a receiver.

Mobile phone networks can carry the data away from the receiver to a mobile phone anywhere.  If no mobile phone network coverage, the data can be downloaded direct from the receiver onto a hand-held device.

Security applications and trapping in sensitive areas of public access.  Where a rapid response is required an Immediate Alert option can be selected to direct you to where a trap sensor has been activated.

Further Information

More information about hire and sales of equipment including contractor’s services available from Dick Bartlett. Site visits can be arranged.

Mobile phone: 07836 264440
From outside UK call: +44 7836 264440
Email: dick@britishmoorlands.com

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