Effective Camera Trapping

Effective Camera Trapping

Effective Camera Trapping is about making you a more effective wildlife camera trapper, increasing your field skills, producing photos fit for purpose and enhancing your employability/continuing professional development.  Unique to this course – is the fact that we lend you the equipment.  Thanks to Ufi Charitable Trust funding we have developed the first of what we hope to be a series of new on-line, trainer supported, wildlife survey courses.

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Why take this training?

There are many people looking for jobs in nature conservation and there are many employers saying job applicants lack practical field based survey skills.  If you are doing, or have just done, a University degree or you are seeking to change career, then being able to demonstrate your practical skills in nature conservation to a future employer is essential. This 6-week part time, practical on-line/live Effective Camera Trapping course is designed to help you.

The course will run from 7 September to 16 October 2020. Participants with a UK address will be sent a camera (if you are not in the UK, but would like to take part, please see the information below). Everyone on the course (20 participants at a time) will then be supported by live online workshops and additional learning materials while practicing and sharing results. With a track record of over 18-years delivering nature conservation training courses, our experienced and supportive team will empower participants to succeed.

Previous course participants have said the most valuable aspect was: “[Learning the] best way to set up and deploy traps in a range of environments.”  “Approachable course leaders.  Open to discussions”

Join us from anywhere in the world :-)

We welcome course participants from anywhere in the world.  If you would like to join the course from outside the UK all you have to do is buy a Browning Recon Force Edge which is exactly the same camera we are using.  They are available from many outlets including NatureSpy.  You can then join in with the course.

Your camera must be exactly the same because all our learning materials are focused on this camera. You will also need to pay the full course fee.

All fee income goes to support our nature conservation training and rewilding projects – we are a not-for-profit company.

What is camera trapping?

Camera trapping is now widely used in wildlife monitoring.  It can determine if a particular species is present (with conservation or legal consequences) or it can be used to help with public engagement with nature.  Ecological consultants might use camera traps to see if a protected species is on a given site, nature conservation charities might use the technology to show the public what species are around on a nature reserve and biological records centres and national species surveys welcome the species records for their datasets.   Becoming an effective camera trapper means practicing nature detective field skills and getting to know how the technology works.  The aim of this course is to encourage you to develop these skills ready for a new job or as part of your existing/future role.

Course content

Before the start of the course UK participants will be sent a camera trap with some additional equipment to be used on the course.  We estimate you’ll need approximately 4-6 hours spread over each week to investigate the on-line learning materials, attend the live seminars and broadcasts (which will be after-office hours = 7pm (London time) on the Wednesday* or each week) and undertake the tasks set during the week. When you do the 4-6 hours is entirely up to you.  The course is designed to be flexible so that you can fit it around work family commitments.

Week 1 – Welcome, try your camera indoors. Try your camera outdoors (still photos)

Week 2 – From stills to video

Week 3 – Field signs and best locations for camera trapping

Week 4 – Undertaking your survey

Week 5 – Your survey results

Week 6 – Final Q&As, certificate and recognition

*subject to confirmation

Using your camera trap

We’ll send you a camera trap (on loan) and then walk you through setup, positioning and results analysis via a series of activities. All this will be supported by access to on-line training materials and live training broadcasts. This is a part-time 6-week course, allowing you to take your time to gain competence with these specialist professional skills, ready for a new job or to enhance your existing employment through continuing professional development.

You’ll then be able to demonstrate their skills by contributing data to a citizen science project and uploading examples of your wildlife pictures to on-line platforms.  This will lead to your course recognition and e-badge.

You will need

You will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with an SD card reader and an internet connection.  Previous participants have successful used tablets but these can present some challenges.  The learning materials are presented in a Moodle virtual learning environment to which you will have a personal login.

You’ll also need access to a secure outdoor space where you can leave your camera for a few days without significant worries about it being lost/stolen.  While we start the course by suggesting you use your garden, we move on to suggest using a local secure space, nature reserve or other potentially wildlife friendly area.

 

Costs and questions

If you have any specific question, please email Simon via info@ambios.net 

Special ONE TIME ONLY course cost of £245.  2021 price will be c. £345

The cost of this 6-week Effective Camera Trapping course is £245.  20 places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please keep in mind that we received over 100 registrations of interest from all over the world within 24hours when this course first went public in late 2019!

We suggest you register and pay now to secure your place.

All fee income goes to support our nature conservation training and rewilding projects – we are a not-for-profit company.

 

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