INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING YOUR  CCTV NESTBOX
Please test indoors before hanging your nestbox outside!
We fit cameras in 2 types of nestbox, for which the instructions are slightly different, please scroll down further if you have the green-roofed Birdboxview model (BBV/CCTV)

A.  FOR GARDMAN MULTINEST MODEL (V-SHAPED ROOF, REMOVABLE FRONT PANEL)

1. The wires from the camera are in the plastic cable trunking down the side of the nestbox.  The trunking has a cover that clips off and on.  Remove this cover and connect the cables from the camera to the matching coloured leads on the extension cable.  Clip trunking back securely to protect the cable joints!

2. Now connect the white and yellow jackplugs into the matching sockets AV sockets on your TV.  The audio on the camera is very sensitive and the nestbox creates an “echo chamber”, so you will   probably want to keep the TV volume low until you find a comfortable level for you to hear nestbox activity.  Also please place the nestbox at a reasonable distance from the TV before powering up the camera to avoid unpleasant feedback from the TV speakers when testing! 

3. Plug the power adaptor into your electric power socket (the power socket should be turned off at the wall at this point) then plug the red cable into the adapter.  You may find the diagram at the end of this page helpful with this.

4. Turn on the wall socket and you should see the inside of the nestbox on your TV.  If not then you are probably not tuned to the correct (AV) channel on your TV so try changing channels.   

5. If the camera is not in focus or is not facing square towards the base of the nestbox unscrew the 4 screws in the lid, lift off the lid. 
Adjust focus whilst watching the TV screen by gently turning the lens on the front of the camera.  Adjust position by very gently tilting the camera until correct.   Carefully replace the lid once camera position is correct.

6. Finally disconnect the leads from the TV and hang the nestbox where desired.  Keep exposed cable ends tucked carefully in the plastic housing until birds move in to protect from weather damage. 


B.  FOR BIRDBOXVIEW MODEL (GREEN SLOPING ROOF) 

  1. First connect the white and yellow jackplugs into the matching sockets AV sockets on your TV.  The audio on the camera is very sensitive and the nestbox creates an “echo chamber”, so you will   probably want to keep the TV volume low until you find a comfortable level for you to hear nestbox activity.  Also please place the nestbox at a reasonable distance from the TV before powering up the camera to avoid unpleasant feedback from the TV speakers when testing!
  2.  Plug the power adaptor into your electric power socket (the power socket should be turned off at the wall at this point) then plug the red cable into the adapter.  You may find the diagram at the end of this page helpful with this.
  3.  Turn on the wall socket and you should see the inside of the nestbox on your TV.  If not then you are probably not tuned to the correct (AV) channel on your TV so try changing channels.   
  4.  Now unscrew the nestbox lid in order to secure the cables in the cable guard tubing provided and improve focus or position of the camera if necessary.
  5. If the camera is not in focus or is not facing square towards the base of the djust focus whilst watching the TV screen by gently turning the lens on the front of the camera.  Adjust position by very gently tilting the camera until correct. 
  6. Disconnect the camera jack plugs from the extension cables and push the plastic cable sheath over the connector point and up under the lid of the nestbox.  Carefully replace the lid once all is in place and screw down again.  When you wish to watch the nest you will need to push to end of the extension cable into the plastic sheath and join up the jack plugs. 
  7. Meanwhile please use a wire tie to secure off the end of the sheath and keep the plugs protected from damp conditions outdoors.   Finally hang the nestbox where birds are likely to nest!   

 

LIGHTING for the CCTV camera:
The camera will work in any kind of light but will default to black and white automatically when it is too dark for colour vision.   To get better colour vision we have added an opaque plastic “window” in the side of the nestbox .  Too big or clear a window could discourage birds from taking up residence in the box as they will see it as exposed to predators, we have made it a reasonable size and opacitywith this in mind!

BIRDBOX CARE:
Basic instructions for using your nestbox are included on the label.  Don’t forget to give it a clean at the end of the breeding season (end of August is earliest legal time to do this).  We suggest that you put up new nestboxes in Autumn/Winter when possible - this gives birds time to “househunt!”  You will find further information about wild bird care on our customer information website, www.birdboxview.com 

If you have any problems or queries that are not dealt with here just send us an email at support@birdboxview.com or give us a ring on 01503 263316 and we will be glad to assist you.   Happy watching!  Keith & Rachel