Trail-Camera Trapping


Date to be confirmed ¦  Price: £50 ¦ 9 spaces remaining
This 2 day workshop is subsidised to make it a very accessible learning experience.

The course will cover setup and programming options for several different types of camera trap, pros and cons of each camera type, the best ways to deploy camera traps to gain the desired image, how to collect, transfer, view, sort, interpret and store results and minimise pitfalls, how to design surveys, monitoring schemes and research projects and embed camera traps within public engagement and citizen science projects.

By the end of the course you will be able to operate a variety of different designs of camera traps. you will understand how to deploy them to achieve best results to capture images of a range of mammals and birds in a variety of wildlife monitoring scenarios. you will also learn how to use them as a public engagement or citizen science tool.

Equipment: You will be introduced to different types of camera trap and their various advantages and disadvantages. We have Bushnell, Reconyx, Acorn and Spypoint trail cameras for you to try.

Who is this training for?

This heavily subsidised workshop, part of the Nature Conservation Workshop series is aimed at;

  • students, trainees and those with ambition for a career in the biodiversity and land management sector
  • those with a fledgling interest in camera trapping  looking to deepen their knowledge
  • recent graduates starting out in the nature conservation sector
  • volunteers with NGO’s where a basic knowledge of trail cameras is of great value.

Who is delivering the training?

Ambios team Simon Roper & Fraser Rush are experienced trainers.  Simon has worked in nature conservation for many years starting at Devon Wildlife Trust & the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts before starting Ambios Ltd in 2001.  His trail camera interests are focused on mammals, particularly for monitoring local badger populations.  Fraser is a former countryside ranger and nature reserves manager as well as an accomplished natural historian, bird ringer and camera trap enthusiast.   As a team, the combined knowledge and practical understanding of both trainers means you will receive maximum learning gain from this course.

Accommodation (to be booked separately)

Our ‘nature lodge’ has 8 single bedrooms with 2 toilet/shower rooms and a kitchen with a large comfortable lounge and woodstove.  Our Yurt is fully insulated with carpets and a woodstove.  The accommodation is part of our working farm, managed for biodiversity and learning.  It is comfortable and sits amongst the trees, hedgerows and spectacular views of the River Dart and is surrounded by idyllic countryside.  This is a secure and tranquil place for relaxing between learning sessions.  All meals are provided from local produce (direct from our farm where possible) with special dietary requirements catered for on request.  Free Wi-Fi is available within the training spaces. To book your stay please email or use the message box below.

How to book your place

We are currently awaiting confirmation on the new dates of this course. If you would like to be kept informed please contact us on 01803 732747 or

Getting Here

Our address is Lower Sharpham Farm, Ahsprington, Totnes TQ9 7DX.
Our nearest train station is 2.5 miles away in Totnes. From there, you can either take a taxi, or enjoy the peaceful journey along the traffic-free cycle/footpath. Directions by foot/bike along the traffic-free cycle path from Totnes.