RFID Bird Reader


Affordable RFID Reader

We have been looking into building a custom made RFID Reader for bird ringer, wildlife recorder and wildlife enthusiasts in general . This reader was build for a case study we conducted on the campus of Goldsmiths and is not necessarily adaptable to any bird RFID recording study.

We are currently working on building a more versatile RFID Reader that can be build from open source hardware and household materials. 



  • Consider your own personal safety when placing the camera. Do not do anything you don’t feel comfortable and safe doing. Work with a buddy to help each other out, if you like. Working at height and / or over water is discouraged. 
  • Consider other people’s privacy when placing the camera. Connect to the Naturewatch camera to see what it sees and appropriately frame the image.
  • Consider where’s best to place the Naturewatch camera. We advise deploying the camera on your own property, such as your garden or land that is owned or managed by you. Make sure to secure the Naturewatch Camera appropriately (weighing 200grams maximum).


  • Do not touch / handle animals under any circumstances.
  • Do not disturb nests, setts or any other animal homes.
  • Keep noise and disturbances to a minimum.
  • Do not disturb or destroy plants, eggs, animals or geological features.
  • Check on your kit periodically for any defects.
  • Take any litter home.