Wildlife Cam Kit Resources

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Here you’ll find our complete collection of resources for the Naturebytes Wildlife Cam Kit.

Instruction Manuals

Standard Wildlife Cam Kit & Wildlife Cam Kit Lite

Developer Kit (Kickstarter Maker Kit)

Birdfeeder Arm Assembly Instructions (Wooden Kit)

3D printing STL files (Print your own case)


25 Responses

  1. Stuart C says:

    Hello Naturebytes,

    I’m after different inserts, how much do they cost? Does your out of stock include the inserts? As well as the Raspberry Pi I received with my kit I also have an original model B (not the 256MB), a 3 and on it’s way to me, a Zero. For this reason and because I’m intrigued by 3D printing (!) I’ve downloaded your STL files, however, are you aware there aren’t any insert STLs? If you are out of stock as regards the inserts would I be able to get someone online to print for me any inserts I require from some STL files?

    Out of interest, how much would a 3D printer suitable to print the whole case cost? I’m assuming it’s very expensive?!


    • Naturebytes says:

      Hi Stuart C,

      That’s a very good point. We’ll upload the insert STL files so you can print your own. We plan to sell them indepentently (the Zero insert for example) in the near future for anyone without a laser cutter or 3D printer. An Ultimaker 3D printer would cost anything between £1,000 – £2,000.

  2. Stuart C says:

    Hello again,

    I know it isn’t hard but I’ve changed the writing of the pictures back to the memory card rather than the flash drive and as someone else has said previously it really does speed the process up. This also means I can attach a WiFi dongle to the USB and together with samba share because my PC uses the same WiFi, I can now view, on my PC, the pictures after each is taken without having to disturb my camera.


  3. Pablo says:

    First of all, thanks so much to let these incredible designs.
    I miss one more piece: Camera Surround. It is not.

    And one question if you don’t mind: What do you put between front and PIR/Camera Surround to protect them?

    Thanks so much again
    Best Regards

    • Naturebytes says:

      Hi Pablo,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Are you trying to 3D print the case? The material we use is a POLY IR – a special IR filter sheet that protects the camera but allows infrared light to pass through.

      • Pablo says:

        Yes. I am very interested in the project. I have designed some python routines to get photographs and videos and the case is pretty good. The only thing I have to design is one piece to fit the this special sheet to the case (something similar to PIR Surround STL), because I have not found it in the zip file you provide.
        Thanks for your answer.
        Best Regards

  4. Jaison says:

    Hi all,
    I was wondering if there are any forums or repositories (e.g. GitHub) – perhaps not directly affiliated with NatureBytes where people are discussing their experiences with the code and the overall design?

    • Naturebytes says:

      Hi Jaison,

      Take a look at the Naturebytes GitHub that is now active. There are updated commits adding functionality and we’d love for you to join us and enhance the code to benefit the community.

      Kind regards,


  5. Frank says:

    Hello Naturebytes,
    When can I buy the case separately and when is the Zero insert available?

    Best Regards

  6. Stuart C says:


    I’ve brought my second camera but I’ve made some simple wooden ones to experiment with, I don’t want to damage my purchased cases experimenting so I’m also interested in the POLY IR sheet. Could I ask where you get yours from?


    P.S. I’d also be interested to know where you get your batteries from as I’m looking to use solar power for one of my wooden ones. (I’ve previously set up one of my two purchased ones for solar power, the photo was retweeted a while back).

  7. Hi,
    i wish to use a PIZERO in the Naturebytes enclosure can you send me and software update and stl file for the insert

    Michael Campion

  8. Colin says:

    I have constructed the kit but all my pictures are grossly overexposed. Apart from adding an ND filter, is there a software cure for this.

    Why is the bush at the base not threaded for a standard tripod mount?

    • Naturebytes says:

      Hi Colin,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The camera modules are set to factory settings (i.e we don’t software define any specific values), however your module may be extra sensitive. We can therefore change a value in the code. Look for this line in the script and modify the -t value to 2000 to give it more time to settle. There was a conversation about this here.

      # Using the raspistill library to take a photo. You can show that a photo has been taken in a small preview box on the desktop by changing --nopreview to --preview
      cmd = 'raspistill -t 300 -w 1920 -h 1440 --nopreview -o ' + photo
      print 'cmd ' +cmd

      Let us know if you need any further assistance. An M6 screw fits the thread on the base. Here’s a quick reference link –

      Kind regards,


  9. Erwin says:


    My Pi won’t start anymore after I charged the battery. The battery light after charging is green, but when I flip the switch on the LiPo Rider to on, nothing happens.
    When I connect a power to the LiPo board and don’t remove the little USB cable between LiPo and Raspberry, it boots. So it’s nog the USB cable.
    Is there easy way to check if the batteries are good?

  10. Jack says:

    Hi Naturebytes.

    My grandson and I have just assembled our kit and tested it. Working well.
    A couple of quick questions:

    Can I fit an exterior switch to turn camera on and off without opening the case? I was thinking of putting it in the battery to Lipo rider lead.

    Can I swap the camera module for a raspberry pi NoIR module to take night time photos in conjunction with an IR illuminator, or will the illuminator trigger the PIR sensor?


    • Naturebytes says:

      Hi Jack,

      Many thanks for getting in touch. Apologies that we didn’t spot your comment earlier. We have a prototype IR illuminator in the works, so you may be interested in using this together with a PiNOIR. If you use a standard IR illuminator you will still be able to take photos. Our unit waits for a trigger and then powers on the IR unit for a second or so whilst the photo is taken.

      I’ll email you instructions to add a switch too. We did use one in the first version of the kit but removed it due to an hardware issue.

      Kind regards,


      • istes says:

        Hi Naturebytes, I am also interested to the IR illuminator setup, can you please send me some instructions or infos about your project?
        I’ve just assembled a simple unit using components I already had at home and your software, it works well but only at daylight.

        • Naturebytes says:

          Hi Istes,

          Thanks for getting in touch. We’re currently trialing a number of different IR LEDs to determine which configuration offers the best illumination, but also optimal power. Are you using a stand alone IR illuminator (i.e usually designed for security cameras) together with the PiNOIR camera?

          Kind regards,


          • istes says:

            Thank you for the reply, I’m using a Raspberry Pi Model A + Pi-Camera v1.3. At the moment I don’t have the Pi-Noir and any IR illuminator so I’m wondering which is the best solution, buy something or an homemade IR. I don’t know if i need to change the camera to the pi-noir version or even Pi-Camera can works.

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