Using a Time Lapse Camera to capture the wildlife in your Garden

When you see your garden day in and day out, it can be hard to keep track of the small yet significant changes that take place over the days, weeks, and months. What’s more, we can often miss out on much of the fascinating wildlife that passes through our gardens on a daily (or nightly!) basis.

Timelapse cameras offer the perfect solution – allowing you to keep track of the wildlife in your garden as well as your growing progress, through photos or videos that group the images together in a timelapse video.

What exactly is timelapse photography?

Timelapse photography produces videos that allow you to view days, weeks, or even months of activity in your garden in one compact clip.

The timelapse technique captures motion at a much slower rate than normal film – capturing one frame per hour, day, or even week. Once the images are edited together and played back at normal speed, the footage depicts time in high speed.

Timelapse is particularly useful for allowing us to see things that we wouldn’t usually see – such as the growth of plants and flowers, the changing of the seasons, and visiting wildlife. This makes it ideal for use in gardens!

Finding the best Camera for capturing Wildlife in your Garden

As technology becomes more accessible and affordable, there are an increasing number of timelapse cameras available on the market, many of which have been designed to be as simple and effective as possible.

When looking for a suitable camera, it’s important to remember that it needs to be able to withstand the demands of outdoor use. So look out for a product that is robust, lockable, and waterproof.

Prices vary depending upon the model, features, and brand but there are a whole host of options available to meet your requirements and budget.

You can also download specialist apps for your smartphone or tablet, which will enable you to use your existing devices as timelapse cameras (although this is probably only suitable for short-term arrangements!).


The GardenWatchCam is a simple to operate camera that allows you to take high quality, timelapse photos at predetermined times for months. Low cost and easy to use, this versatile timelapse camera is weather resistant, easy to mount, and offers 7 different time settings.

Wingscapes Timelapse Camera

This timelapse camera is simple to set up, works automatically, and offers the perfect solution for documenting plant or crop growth, weather, wildlife, and landscaping. Offering a high quality lense and variable focus, the camera comes complete with easy-to-follow on screen instructions, simple navigation buttons, two memory options, and two tripod mount positions. Built to last outdoors, this high performance product is also fully equipped with a lockable, weatherproof case.

So what are you waiting for? Unleash a world of wildlife and plantlife with your very