Students get stunning snapshot of local wildlife
Warwickshire College’s Moreton Morrell College has become the first college to run a special “camera trapping” course to enable students to catch a unique glimpse of local wildlife in their habitat.
Camera trapping involves setting up cameras equipped with infrared triggers to obtain photos and videos of wildlife. Nine degree students and two staff attended the course, run by James McConnell and Hannah Henshaw from social enterprise NatureSpy.
Following the six-day intensive course, the attendees not only left with the ILM qualification in Camera Trapping for Wildlife Conservation & Management, but footage of badgers, muntjac deer and foxes from Moreton Morrell Wood.
Chantal Atfield, 29, is in the second year of her BSc Hons in Animal Science, and jumped at the chance to get involved. “I’m really interested in conservation and want to go on to do a master’s, so to do a course like this which is at the forefront of the technology is an excellent opportunity.
“James and Hannah have been wonderful – it’s been so exciting, I couldn’t sleep last night wondering what we might find! I’ll definitely be putting a camera trap on my Christmas list.”
James and Hannah set up NatureSpy as a non-profit organisation that aims to research and protect wildlife and natural habitats as well as educating and involving local communities, businesses and young people in the conservation of wildlife.
James said, “This is the first time we’ve done the course at a college and it’s been great working with the students and staff. We started NatureSpy to help realise the potential of camera trapping for education, awareness and research and we’ve gone from strength to strength.
“I think of all the wildlife people never actually see that is often sharing the same space – just when people aren’t using it. Camera traps are a fantastic way to see this wildlife and I’m excited to show people what they’ve been missing.”
Rachael Kendall, Academy Leader for Animal Welfare and Veterinary Nursing at Warwickshire College Group said, “I found out about Nature Spy through an article in the Yorkshire Post, and originally had just wanted to get James and Hannah to come and talk to the students. However once I spoke to them, we had the idea of hosting the course at the college as part of the enhancement programme for our higher education courses.
“The students and staff have all had a fantastic experience, and to see the images they have captured is so exciting!”
You can find out more about NatureSpy’s training courses here