The number of wild deer in Wales is increasing so dramatically that foresters are to use state-of-the-art infrared stealth cameras to capture images of the animals as they roam public woodlands, Forestry Commission Wales has announced.

Wales Silvicultural Operations wildlife management officer David Jam said the Reconyx cameras, which are hidden on trees and are triggered by movement, would provide vital information on the spread of deer and wild boar and help protect rare habitats from the effects of over-browsing.

He said: ?These cameras are a very useful tool for Forestry Commission Wales, as they save us many thousands of man hours and a huge amount of vehicle mileage. They act as a silent observer, detecting and recording any living thing which passes their infrared beam.

The rest of this article appears in the 22nd February issue of Shooting Times.

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