Raspberry Pi and nesting blue tits

Local Patch Reporter Duncan Richardson has been finding out how he can use a small computer to monitor wildlife. 

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The Raspberry Pi is a small computer with an amazing amount of potential. I’ve used it to create a time-lapse of my garden and monitor the weather, and its motion-detection facility records nesting blue tits in HD to stream into my house. 

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Raspberry Pi taped to the side of a nestbox. © Duncan Richardson

Watch this brilliant video of blue tits hatching: 

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Read more exciting nature blogs by BBC Wildlife local patch reporters

BBC Wildlife wanted to find a new way to share some of our readers’ natural-history diaries with other wildlife enthusiasts, and Local Patch Reporters was born. 

Our 20 Local Patch Reporters for 2014 are aged from 10 to 64 and live from Dorset in the south to Shetland in the north.

Throughout this year they will be exploring and reporting on nature in their neighbourhood via online blogs.

Duncan Richardson is a local patch reporter from Newport

Local nature patch: My garden and surrounding area

I monitor hedgehogs in my garden very closely. Last year, I counted 32 individuals. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: Continue to monitor hedgehogs. I’m also a keen moth trapper and would like to try and beat my previous total of 310 species.