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Tinytags monitor outdoor temperature to help assess tree planting conditions

Tinytag data loggers monitor outdoor temperature to help assess tree planting and growing conditions.

Data gathered from the Tinytag Plus 2 loggers has helped the Forestry Commission to make informed decisions about where to plant more sensitive trees which are affected by temperature fluctuation.

Tinytag temperature data logger for monitoring tree planting and growing conditions

Tinytags monitoring temperatures to aid planting decisions at Bedgebury National Pinetum are robust enough to withstand the attentions of the local rabbit population. It seems that 8 out of 10 rabbits prefer Tinytags (but perhaps not for use in the way they were originally intended!).

Tinytags have become the tasty choice for bunnies which live in the Bedgebury National Pinetum (an arboretum which consists mainly of conifers) in Kent, where they have nibbled persistently at these robust devices which were actually located to monitor outdoor temperatures at 46 locations around the site. Over the last eight years, data gathered from the Tinytag Plus 2 loggers has helped the Forestry Commission, which manages the site, to make informed decisions about where to plant more sensitive trees which are affected by temperature fluctuation. The site experiences quite a wide range of weather and environmental conditions, and the loggers contribute to the overall information required for selecting optimum tree planting sites.

Withstanding harsh outdoor conditions is inherent in the design of Tinytag loggers, and despite the additional toothy treatment the loggers have withstood the relentless rabbity onslaught for several years, before the wearing away of the cases finally necessitated replacement units.

"With their reliability and long battery life Tinytags have done a great job over the years in helping us plan our planting sites" comments Chris Reynolds, Curator of the Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest. "I don't believe that even hungry rabbits would enjoy the taste of the plastic mouldings so we can only presume the robust cases have proved the ideal long-term solution for the important task of keeping their teeth sharp and in shape!"

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