Effective Camera Trapping

Effective Camera Trapping

Thanks to Ufi Charitable Trust funding we are developing the first of what we hope to be a series of new on-line, trainer supported, courses. 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.

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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 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 is currently for UK participants only because we loan you a camera trap. We are working on  plans for an international course – please register your interest below.

The course will run from 7 September to 23 October 2020. UK participants will be sent a camera. 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”

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-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 on a Tuesday or Thursday) and undertake the tasks set during the week. When you do most of the 4-hours is entirely up to you.

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

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 recognition and endorsements from employers and professional bodies.

Costs and questions

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

The cost of this 6-week Effective Camera Trapping course is £245.  20 places will be release in August 2020. Please keep in mind that we received over 100 registrations of interest within 24hours when this course first went public in late 2019!

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