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Sunday 30 December 2012

P. austrocedrae in Common Juniper - Juniperus communis

Infected Juniper
Juniper faces new threat
Forestry Commission Scotland is advising landowners and managers across Scotland to be on the alert for a plant health threat to juniper.

Phytophthora austrocedrae is a fungus like pathogen that was only recently (2007) identified in Argentina and Chile, where it is believed to have been causing disease in their native Chilean cedar since the mid-20th century. It infects the plants through their root systems, initially

Firmware Updates, Upgrades and Software - Little Acorn Trail Cameras

 5210                    6210
In this post:
Do you need to update your firmware?
How to find your camera's firmware version. 
Current firmware versions. Updated 09.03.2013
Recent 6210 firmware issue (Wireless connection).
How to do a Firmware Upgrade.
Resetting your camera.
Recent Set up software releases.
Posts coming next month.

Do you need to update your firmware?
Probably not, is the simple answer.
If your camera is functioning normally, doing the job you require and has no obvious faults, then in my opinion it's probably best not to do an upgrade (why fix a running engine?).

In other words, my advice is don't upgrade for the sake of having the latest firmware installed, because it might

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Updated Ltl Acorn 6210 back order news and firmware updates

New Ltl Acorn 6210MGX
The shipment of new Ltl Acorn 6210 MGXs arrived at the end of last week and during pre-despatch checking we discovered an issue with the wireless function.

This resulted in a flurry of emails and tests between us and the factory, to determine the cause of the problem. It turned out that the cameras had been accidentally loaded with malfunctioning firmware; and with due credit to the factory, we had new firmware by Monday morning and by the evening, all the cameras had been re-programmed and tested, both for MMS and SMTP.

This has resulted in a despatch delay, but I'm happy to report that all the back and current orders for this camera model will be despatched by the end of today or tomorrow morning.

All customers should have received their cameras by Friday 14th December 2012.

All the UK small orders will arrive by Royal Mail Special Delivery and other orders will either be Royal Mail or DHL.

We are sorry for the delays on delivering the new model and hope that things can now settle down and normal service be resumed.

We now have new firmware V1.2.003T which I will test for

Using GPRS/SMTP with Ltl Acorn Trail Cameras

Fig 1: Ltl Acorn 6210MGX
Sending Emails via SMTP from an Acorn Trail Camera.

This post is a follow up to the instructions for using SMTP with the 6210, back in September this year.

Read this post carefully, follow my instructions exactly and I guarantee it will work.

Post updated on 21.12.2012

I have difficulty testing the wireless functions, because I am in a marginal network coverage area. Each test entails my doing a 10 mile round trip to test settings, but recently I decided I would have to bite the bullet.

This article is a brief practical instruction on how I achieved a working set up.

The difficulties highlighted in our previous report were:
1) The need to have an email address where the local name is the same as the username. e.g
2) Finding an SMTP service that allowed non SSL use.

The email address was easy. I turned to NamesCo, a UK based company I've dealt with before; and who provide excellent services and support. I purchased a domain name [] costing 13.99 GBP for three years, which provided an email address and a free

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Trees For Life Founder Wins Spirit of Scotland Environment Award

Journalist Lesley Riddoch presents
Alan Watson Featherstone
with the Spirit of Scotland Environment Award

Alan Watson Featherstone, founder and executive director of conservation charity Trees for Life, has won The Environment category of the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards 2012. The accolade was announced at a special ceremony held in Edinburgh on 29th November.

“As the winners of these awards are decided by public vote in the UK, this is inspiring, national recognition of Trees for Life’s restoration of the Caledonian Forest. I’m very grateful to everyone who voted – it’s an honour that shows how deeply people care about conserving Scotland’s world-class wild

6210 Delivery update and Firmware/Software News

I'm now happily in a position to confirm outstanding order delivery dates for the new 6210MGX and MC models.

The first MGX camera shipment was in Paris early this morning and weather conditions permitting, will be processed and sent DHL next day delivery, by Thursday/Friday of this week.

The MC shipment has been slightly delayed and is due to arrive on the 17th December. These cameras will be processed and sent DHL next day delivery, by Wednesday 19th of December.

Extra stock is also arriving with these shipments and is selling quickly; so for delivery before Christmas, I would recommend you order now.

New set up software and firmware is now available.
I'll be posting about the updates and new menu features as soon as I've completed my evaluations.

I sincerely hope we wont be experiencing any more delays in the future and I promise to try not to find any more problems which require a major case update

My personal thanks to all our customers for being so patient.

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This web site is about the wildlife, particularly the mammals, of the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve area in the north west Highlands of Scotland, UK; and the equipment I use to search for them, which is chiefly trail cameras.

I provide a technical support and parts service for the Ltl Acorn range of cameras and the income from this provides for the upkeep of this site and the purchase of cameras for my own surveying.

I hope you find the site useful and informative; and please contact me if you have any questions that I haven't already covered.