Effective Camera Trapping

Effective Camera Trapping - The first WildSkills course

Thanks to Ufi Charitable Trust funding, we are developing the first of what we hope to be a series of new courses under the overall title WildSkills. Effective Camera Trapping is the first of these courses and is about making you a more effective wildlife camera trapper, increasing your field skills, producing great photos and enhancing your employability/continuing professional development.

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The need for training

There are many people looking for jobs in nature conservation and there are many employers saying job applicants lack practical 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. Our WildSkills project  and this new Effective Camera Trapping course are designed to address these issues.

We are rolling out this course next summer. Participants will be sent a camera and then supported, through live online workshops and learning materials to work through 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”

What is camera trapping?

Camera trapping is now widely used as a wildlife monitoring tool.  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 this 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.

The future

Informed by the results of this course, we’ll be looking to run similar courses in different subject areas based on the same model of delivery.  We’ll use closed Facebook groups for half an hour livestream training sessions from the fields of Lower Sharpham Farm, Devon.  These will be compliment online video materials and live webinars from our training team.

The big test - summer 2020

We will be testing Effective Camera Trapping over 6-weeks part-time with a group of volunteers during June-July 2020. Twenty  participants will help us with the first full ‘dress rehearsal’.  We’ll be sending them a camera trap (on loan – deposit required) and then walking them through setup, positioning and results analysis via a series of tasks. All this will be supported by access to on-line training materials and live training broadcasts. They can take the time they need to gain competence in these specialist professional skills, ready for a new job or to enhance their existing employment through continuing professional development.

They’ll then be able to demonstrate their skills by contributing data to a citizen science project  and uploading examples of their work to on-line platforms.  We hope this will lead to recognition and endorsements from employers and professional bodies.

Any questions

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

We suggest you register below so that we can then keep you in touch with what we learn about how best to deliver this course and also about some of our other opportunities.

 

Register your interest here

Please register your interest below.  Once registered, we’ll be able to keep you updated on how this new project progresses as well as new course subjects, dates and costs.

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