Monday 14 November 2011

Back on with the artificial Otter holt

 I have been busy with lots of projects this year but one of my projects put on the back burner has been an artificial Otter Holt to be placed in a secret Otter conservation area in Cheshire and after seeing some other camera projects in action by Kate Macrae from and Sam Corfield at Heligan Gardens, Cornwall have began making there creations look more natural for there wildlife residents using Clay and other woodland materials like bark, roots and after seeing the camera views I am thinking that I will be adding these ideas to the artificial holt as well as two cameras one on the chamber and one on the entrance inside plus a camera trap on the entrance to see if we get any visitors over the winter months as the camera will be inaccessible due to the harsh weather making the Holt a perfect location for any Ottery residents that are looking for a safe place to sleep without having the any human interference or danger from dogs causing them to be injured or killed.
The Otter holt before I added my natural additions and I will post a photograph of the finished Otter hotel once it is complete with Salmon wall paper ;) and all.
The artificial Holt is now in place I have added a tunnel but I have blocked the entrance so nothing can get inside while its still in development so I know that when I go to work on the natural interior of the Holt I will not be disturbing anything. I am hoping that it will be finished in the next 2 weeks before the colder winter weather sets in so I should have plenty of time to get it finished with a little help from my brother Ryan who is always eager to help with a wild project.

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  1. You have so much going on Mike.. I hope you get the results you deserve.

    I have been to Heligan to see gardens.. far too busy for much wildlife when I was there (about 10 years ago)

  2. Thankyou Andrew I like to keep busy and anything involving wildlife or the outdoors brings me so much happiness and gets rid of any stress.