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                    Live Red Deer Stream


When the January frosts arrived RMK, the Estonian State Forest Management Centre, set up a feeding ground for red deer which animals started to visit. In February a web camera was installed; with the arrival of milder weather the visits by deer and wild boars became less frequent but winter will surely not stay away – on Wednesday night the forest glade  was covered by a thick carpet of snow.  
The purchase of the webcam was funded by RMK. Planning and installation has been done in co-operation with The image is transmitted by the new generation of Mobotix web cameras, experimental IR lighting is used and the self-sufficient power supply is based on solar panels. The system was assembled by Hatcam. 
Food for the forest inhabitants is provided by Saaremaa hunters – many thanks to them. 

Some facts about Saaremaa island:

Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2,673 km², located in the Baltic Sea, south of Hiiumaa island, it belongs to the West Estonian Archipelago. The capital of the island is Kuressaare with about 16.100 inhabitants; the whole island has over 39.200 inhabitants. The name means literally "isle's land".

Due to its mild maritime climate Saaremaa has very rich flora and fauna. 40% of the island is covered with forests. 80% of the plant species found in Estonia are represented here. Altogether 1200 species of vascular plants (Tracheophyta) can be found in Saaremaa. About 120 of the local plant species are rare ones which have received special protection status. The most famous endemic species is Rhinanthus osiliensis - a rare little flower growing mostly in spring fens. The island lies within the East - Atlantic flyway, the migration path of waterfowl. Like this each year hundreds of thousands of migratory birds visit Saaremaa in spring and autumn. The barnacle goose, mute swan, whooper swan, eider, shelduck and a great many other bird species have been given protection status. Saaremaa has a wide variety of rare wildlife species, the coastal areas are famous seal habitats. Both, grey seal and ringed seal can be seen in the coastal waters around Saaremaa. But on the whole, the island is somewhat poorer in wildlife species than the mainland. Neither mole, mink, nor otter can be found here, the lynx and the brown bear are but infrequent guests. and

We hope to get to see the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), which is one of the largest deer species.

            Archived Footage of Red Deer Visit

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