The project will make significant progress in design and use of camera traps, in for example the same way that GPS technology has changed the way we study movement. The project is driving evolution in both technology and ecological practice through carefully considered research combined with active engagement of stakeholders in the analysis and appraisal of the results.
Results of the activities are being distributed in each phase. In the final phase, an analysis will be provided to inform and inspire stakeholders as well as members of the public thereby capitalizing on both stakeholder and technology dimensions of the work. Throughout the project, papers will disseminate specific results at conferences as well as in journals.
The outcomes of the project will be evaluated from two complimentary, but contrasting, perspectives:
The final phase of work focuses on drawing conclusions that are transferable to other application domains.
A series of field tests with Cameras 1B and 1C suggested that the height and angle of the sensors (PIR and X-band radar) effect the sensor’s activation. This phenomenon was important to understand because it can be used to eliminate false triggers that would otherwise result in redundant data being generated by the sensors and cameras. The study concluded that a height of about 180cm (with a tilt of sensors as 68 degrees) is optimum to avoid false activations due to moving grass/bushes in front of the camera.
An extensive comparative study using version Cameras 1C and a commercial unit is under way examining a range of operating environments. Environmental factors like sun, fog, rain and wind are being monitored to determine their effect on operability of deployed units. The results are likely to provide insights to tackle the issue of false triggering.