Last time we camped in North Wales our tent was obliterated by near hurricane force winds, and that was the middle of summer! Needless to say we were slightly wary about pitching up this time around so instead chose to stay in a small cottage roughly halfway down the Conwy Valley. As always with online bookings you’re never entirely sure what will greet you on arrival so we were more than pleasantly surprised to find a small wooden cabin nestled at the edge of large, mature woodland. The views out front from an extensive deck were spectacular and a half hours walk along the neighbouring public footpath delivered an even more breathtaking vista.
The real highlight though was the abundance of wildlife present including Great-spotted Woodpeckers, Jays, Buzzards, passing Little Egrets and of course Squirrels. The latter may not not be to everyone’s taste but I love their cheeky antics and spent many a happy hour watching them go about their business.
Squirrels weren’t the only mammals present with Rabbits grazing the nearby lawns day and night. Unsurprisingly they were much more difficult to approach which provided a perfect opportunity to put our trailcam through its paces. I’ve had this particular Bushnell model for the last eighteen months but had so far managed to capture nothing more exciting than a plethora of feral cats. A few nights out amongst the trees however and it managed to record a couple of Rabbits feeding in the early hours.
Overall I’m pretty impressed with the image quality but will be experimenting over the coming weeks with various settings whilst attempting to record our local Foxes. All that’s left is for me to sign off from Snowdonia and leave you with one of my favourite images from our time at Bluebell Cottage. Enjoy.