|Fallow deer on the 25th of August.|
How many visitors?
The following graph shows how many wild animals were "seen" by the trap camera per 24 hours.
Fox visits peaked in 3 months:
- February, just like last year
- August, again like last year - this is due to young foxes appearing in the garden as well as the adults
- December, which is new - in December 2013 we had few visits, maybe due to the incessant rain we had over that winter.
Deer visits were more frequent than last year due to a delightful pair of males, one light and one dark, who sauntered in and out of gardens in the area from April to August. They even appeared in daylight. After they disappeared for the rut, one returned in November and December to take advantage of the tasty leaves in our garden.
When do they visit?
This graph shows the times of these visits.
Again, patterns were difficult to discern:
- Foxes visit between sunset and sunrise but without any real pattern.
- Badgers visit between sunset and sunrise - this year they were more likely to come after midnight whereas last year they mostly came before midnight.
- Deer were much cheekier than last year - coming in the day as well as the night and often staying for long periods.
Month-by-month historic weather data - I looked at the Eastbourne figures.
Monthly averages - I searched by Uckfield, which gave me the nearest (unnamed) weather station.
Fallow deer rutting season.