Camera Trapping for Pine Martens

Camera Trapping for Pine Martens and more!

Camera Trapping for Pine Martens and more! Alastair Hughes-Roden I was co-leading a group of conservation students, carrying out the restoration of a walled garden, in March 2018. The walled garden was being restored, to support the varying amount of fauna at a field centre in Blairgowrie, Scotland. I had brought some camera traps (trail cameras) with us for this trip, 8 in total. The plan was to set up all 8 of the cameras at a local Loch, to try and capture footage of Eurasian Otter (Lutra Lutra), for a lady who thought they were present on her … Read more

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Wildlife volunteering online: Citizen Science Camera Trap Projects

Wildlife volunteering online: Citizen Science Camera Trap Projects There is a growing base for citizen science projects. If you are interested in wildlife volunteering online, here are a couple of projects you can join. These projects are focused on using citizens to analyse some of their camera trap footage. This is a great way to see nice camera trap pictures and help projects analysing the data. Camera traps are a great way to research areas, and the set up is very cost efficient. On the other hand, all these pictures need to be classified, and your help can be … Read more

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The Art of Snow Tracking

The Art of Snow Tracking Snow tracking – Already wondered where animals are up to? Where they are moving? Well, with a fresh layer of snow, you can already figure out a lot. Most animals are avoiding human areas and are active during the night. With a more scientific term, it’s called spatial (space) and temporal (time) avoidance. There are a couple of ways to be able to still learn about the animals. For example, you can look for tracks or use camera traps. When looking for tracks is done in the snow, it’s called Snow Tracking. I always … Read more

Bushnell NatureView Camera trap

Review: Bushnell NatureView – Trail camera settings and specifications

  Review: Bushnell NatureView Trail camera settings and specifications The Bushnell NatureView trail camera is a remote wildlife camera or camera trap and is used to monitor wildlife. It’s a decent camera with some additional features (close-up lenses) for monitoring smaller animals. The great advantage of camera traps is the ability to set it up and collect data for a long period of time with a limited human time investment. Check out more about the basics of camera trapping here. This article reviews the Bushnell NatureView trail camera and goes over the specifications and settings. You will learn more about the … Read more

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Camera traps I: The Basics

  Camera traps I – The Basics – In this article, you learn more about camera traps and some of the basic concepts. The last section gives a brief introduction on what can be done with camera traps and how to use camera tapping in a survey. This is the first article of a series on camera traps. The next articles will go a bit more into detail, whereas this article aims to explain the basics. First of all, there are a couple of ways to study animals in the wild. Obviously, you can study them by direct observations. … Read more

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Urban Wildlife: Camera trapping in Belgium

In this article, I want to highlight a couple stories about camera trapping in Belgium. I’m using my Bushnell trail cameras to investigate which animals are there or what they are doing. Belgium has a quite high human density, so most of this stories are related to Urban Wildlife. Wondering what a camera trap is: check out my other blog post about the basics of camera traps. Pine Marten (Martes martes) on a camera trap My first story is a bit less about Urban wildlife, but about the more secretive mustelid species, the Pine marten. It was early 2012, … Read more

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White Wilderness 2017 – Slovakia

10 Pack, a bear sighting, and a wolf sighting! It was January 2017, so if you’ve seen the rest of my blog, it’s quite clear I like to spend my winters in Slovakia. This winter I joined the White Wilderness Project from the Slovak Wildlife Society again. Maybe it was going to be my last year, maybe not. One thing was for sure, I was going to enjoy some more winter snow tracking in the Slovak mountains and make some good friends and create some nice stories to join me for the rest of my life. I couldn’t wish … Read more

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Visiting Bieszczady Mountains (Poland)

This is Poland! How it began With a seven-headed strong team, we left Belgium in a mini-van. Our destination was Bieszczady National Park in Poland. Bieszczady region is part of the Carpathian Mountains and is found in the border area between Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. We were all biologists/nature minded people, so our goal was to enjoy the nature and snow, and put some effort in seeing some of the local wildlife. We definitely succeeded in our mission… After driving all night (changing drivers obviously), we finally arrived in Bieszczady. We booked a couple of rooms in ‘Pensjonat Antos’, … Read more