Thursday, 28 May 2015

Ltl Acorn 6210 Control Panel Screen Display Distorted or not working - All Models

Fig 1:  6210 screen display distortion

If you have an Ltl Acorn 6210 model camera which suddenly shows a distorted (inverted, sideways shift and/or expanded) screen display as illustrated by figures 1 to 4 then try upgrading to the latest firmware which is available from the manufacturers download page.

If a firmware upgrade does not cure the problem then it is almost certainly being caused by a faulty ribbon cable and/or a faulty display panel PCB. Other symptoms of a faulty ribbon cable may be a white screen, screen not powering up or buttons not working as expected.

The only way to be sure is to dismantle the camera and substitute with a new ribbon cable. If the problem persists then test with a known good test panel (figure 5) if

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Rejecting extinction: beaver reintroduction offers major benefits to Scotland

European beaver feeding © Laurie Campbell

The potential reintroduction of beavers to Scotland after almost 500 years is a historic opportunity that could bring major environmental and economic benefits to Scotland – including by generating millions of pounds through eco-tourism, said award-winning conservation charity Trees for Life today.

This week or next, Scottish Natural Heritage is due to report to the Scottish Government on the Scottish Beaver Trial – a five-year trial reintroduction of beavers in Argyll’s Knapdale Forest – paving the way for the government to announce later this year whether the species will be allowed to live freely in

Monday, 13 April 2015

Expeditions to study doubling of common dolphn sightings in Hebrides

Common dolphin (copyright Dr Conor Ryan)

A substantial increase in common dolphin numbers off western Scotland is to be studied by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in a new season of marine research expeditions beginning next month.

The trust’s encounter rate with common dolphins has more than doubled over the past 12 years. The findings – recently presented to the European Cetacean Society – have emerged from the charity’s unique long-term monitoring of whales, dolphins and porpoises in

Friday, 10 April 2015

High Gain External Antennas suitable for Acorn cellular cameras

Standard Acorn Whip Antenna
Optional antennas which can be used as a direct replacement for the standard Acorn antenna to provide higher gain in low signal areas.

I often get asked about alternative antennas which will improve connectivity for the Acorn cellular cameras. The high gain whip and the yagi shown below are the ones that I use myself, both of which improve the signal strength to and from the cell tower.

The 6dBi omni directional whip is useful in situations where the signal with the standard antenna is one or two bars and unstable.

The 11dBi yagi is capable of providing a workable signal where no signal exists using the standard antenna. It is highly directional and can allow the camera to be used at a greater distance from the cell tower than would normally be possible.

The gain is measured against an isotropic source which is a theoretical point source of electromagnetic or sound waves which radiates the same intensity of radiation in all directions. It has no preferred direction of

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 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
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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.