Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Rewilding Scotland and return of lynx in spotlight in Edinburgh

Alan Watson Featherstone
Rewilding Scotland – from restored forests to the return of predators such as the lynx – was in the spotlight at a topical lecture by leading conservationist Alan Watson Featherstone, founder and Executive Director of award-winning charity Trees for Life, at Edinburgh Zoo today (24 March).

The event highlighted the benefits of rewilding – the restoration of damaged natural ecosystems – for Scotland. This includes putting Scotland on the map as a wildlife tourism global hotspot and as a world leader in the international drive to tackle global forest loss.

The lecture was the final one in a special eight-week series that has been running at Edinburgh Zoo this year, focussing on Scottish species diversity and conservation.

Mr. Watson Featherstone said: “In the Highlands we have an opportunity to reverse environmental degradation and create a world-class wilderness region – offering a lifeline to wildlife including beavers, capercaillie, wood ants and pine martens, and restoring natural forests and wild spaces for our

Friday, 13 March 2015

Rewilding creates jobs and training at Loch Ness conservation estate

Pictured left-right: Alan Watson Featherstone,
Emma Beckinsale and Doug Gilbert from Trees for Life
at the charity’s Native Tree Nursery, Dundreggan
An acclaimed forest restoration project near Loch Ness is demonstrating how conservation can create employment opportunities in the Highlands, says award-winning charity Trees for Life.
This week Trees for Life introduced two new seasonal staff roles at its Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glenmoriston, bringing the number of employees at the biodiversity hotspot to six – a substantial increase on the single employee under the site’s previous ownership, when it was managed as a traditional sporting estate.
With concerns about employment in much of the country, and across the Highlands in particular, Trees for Life says that the steady growth in

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

MMS/SMTP Settings Page

MMS/SMTP Settings: Last page update: 17.02.2015

I have just updated this page to include links to other web sites containing advice and information about UK and Worldwide carriers MMS and GPRS settings.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Ltl Acorn 5210A captures the South Australian Bushfires

A Ltl Acorn 5210A camera records the Bushfires that ripped through South Australia in January 2015 resulting in the loss of 27 houses and 31000 acres of bush and farm land. The camera kept recording right up until it melted from the intense heat. The SD card was recovered and the images stitched together to form this time lapse video.

Note that the camera was still taking images at over 80C as the case melted down over the lens 

Many thanks to David Adkin at www.afterdarksurveillance.com for sending this time lapse video.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Hebridean sightings soar for harbour porpoises but plunge for basking sharks

Minke whale next to Silurian
Harbour porpoise sightings off Scotland’s west coast increased by 25 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year while sightings of basking sharks unexpectedly fell by 33 per cent, during marine research expeditions carried out by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
The charity’s extensive research also revealed dramatic evidence of a shark attack on a member of an endangered group of killer whales thought to be the UK’s only resident population of orca.
The latest studies were carried out in a research

Friday, 19 December 2014

Ltl Acorn 5210A Scrambled Menu Corrected by Firmware Upgrade

5210A Menu Page 1
I recently dealt with two 5210A cameras which had a menu problem as illustrated by the images in this post.

If you have a similar problem go to the manufacturers website, download the latest firmware for your model and do a firmware upgrade; which should correct the problem.

This is the link to the download page:

Go to my download page for information about how to discover your camera's firmware version and how to do a firmware upgrade.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Filmmaker backs bid to transform derelict bothy into wilderness base

Athnamulloch Bothy in Glen Affric

A leading wildlife filmmaker is backing a bid by Trees for Life to transform an iconic but derelict mountain bothy into an eco-friendly weather-tight base that will be used to launch a quarter century of forest restoration in one of Scotland’s great wildlife wildernesses.

Glasgow-based cameraman and filmmaker Gordon Buchanan – well known from television programmes such as Big Cat Diary and Springwatch – is supporting the conservation charity’s appeal to raise £30,000 to renovate Athnamulloch Bothy in Glen Affric on the Forestry Commission Scotland managed

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Iain MacDiarmid's landscape photographs of the Scottish Highlands

Loch Affric - copyright Iain MacDiarmid

I recently had the pleasure of meeting local photographer Iain MacDiarmid who specialises in landscapes around the Scottish Highlands.

In this post are some of Iain's images from the local area, which he has very kindly given me permission to use to illustrate other pages on this website in the future. I admire his work very much and look forward to seeing how his techniques develop over time.

I hope you enjoy viewing his work and at the bottom of this post you'll find a link to his website where you can browse his whole collection.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

I have had a computer problem

The sketch on the left perfectly sums up the way I was feeling around the middle of last month. I'd had a PC problem for several months. Nothing dramatic, just occasional twitches when I was working but last month it developed into full blown aggravation with programs not installing/loading properly or at all, to the point where I was forced to do something about it.

To cut a long story short the reason was corrupted system files and with the help of Microsoft Support (I can't praise them enough) who carried out a remote Windows repair installation, I'm finally up and running again with no loss of data.

I've now taken measures to significantly reduce the possibility of this happening again and if it does it won't break my flow the way it has this time.

Problem now is that I'm way behind with answering emails, writing posts and camera tests. I'll try and catch up in the next week or two but if you are waiting for a response from me you can short circuit the delay by calling me on +44 (0) 1456 415726 or making a contact request to ron.bury on Skype.

If I don't answer when you call, please leave a message and contact details so I can get back to you a.s.a.p

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Rewilding Scotland and return of lynx and wolf in spotlight in Edinburgh

Eurasian lynx © Peter Cairns www.northshots.com

Visions of a rewilded Scotland – from restored forests to the return of predators such as the lynx and wolf – was in the spotlight on Monday 6th October at a topical lecture featuring acclaimed writer George Monbiot and award-winning conservationist Alan Watson Featherstone of Trees for Life, at the University of Edinburgh’s George Square Lecture Theatre.

With enthusiasm for rewilding – the large-scale restoration of damaged natural ecosystems – spreading quickly in the UK, the Rewilding the World event highlighted the significant benefits that this could bring to Scotland, together with a discussion on its global and ethical implications.
George Monbiot said: “Rewilding offers us a big chance to reverse destruction of the natural world. Letting trees return to bare and barren uplands, allowing the seabed to recover from trawling, and bringing back missing species would help hundreds of species that might otherwise struggle to survive – while rekindling wonder and enchantment that often seems missing in modern-day Britain.”

Alan Watson Featherstone, Trees for Life’s Executive Director, said: “Rewilding offers an exciting vision of hope, through the positive and practical work of renewing and revitalising ecosystems. In the Highlands we
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This web site is about the wildlife, particularly the mammals, of the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve area in the north west Highlands of Scotland, UK; and the equipment I use to search for them, which is chiefly trail cameras.

I provide a technical support and parts service for the Ltl Acorn range of cameras and the income from this provides for the upkeep of this site and the purchase of cameras for my own surveying.

I hope you find the site useful and informative; and please contact me if you have any questions that I haven't already covered.