I usually try to ensure there is no room for rabbits to squeeze into the wee rock piles and log piles I use to house close up camera traps, writes George Hogg, Hogg Estate Services.
Working at such close range, a camera’s aim can be knocked skew whiff by a rabbit. There is also the problem that rabbits dig and can undermine the camera or flick soil over the lens.
However it seems ,no matter how hard I try to exclude them,there is always a particularly adventurous youngster which will squeeze in,with the camera recording it’s arrival like toothpaste emerging from a tube!
Having said all that there is something appealingly comical about a young rabbit viewed from ground level on a camera set for woodmice voles and shrews.
In such a confined space the rabbit takes on enormous proportions and looks like the proverbial bull in a china shop.
Of course normally a camera trap is used in more open places such as tied to a tree in a wood. Again rabbits can be a problem and the first job when going through the results on my laptop is to delete dozens,sometime hundreds ,of rabbit photos!
One interesting point rabbits illustrate is the way they tolerate other wildlife in close proximity. I have a picture of a young roe deer resting on the ground and stretching his nose out to sniff an inquisitive young rabbit.
Of course these young rabbits must rapidly learn which species are safe to ignore,as the same cameras frequently photograph foxes,stoats and weasels ,all of which are fond of rabbits for an entirely different reason!