As darkness falls, the night life in the wild takes over from the day shift. Man is diurnal - sleeping during the night and awake during the day - and therefore may be unaware of nature's night activities and the way in which many creatures have adapted their habits and lifestyle to take full advantage of the hours between dusk and dawn.
Familiarity with the night-time world, knowledge of a territory and its inhabitants, their regular routes, perches, habits and behaviour patterns provide us with a deeper understanding of the environment. As well as giving information on the habits of different species, this book provides practical guidance for studying wildlife at night. Advice is given on where to look for various species, recognising signs of activity and regular runs, useful equipment to carry, techniques for building hides, setting traps, operating quietly and efficiently in the dark and setting up equipment for night photography, all of which are carefully explained in detail and illustrated with clear diagrams.