A volunteer checks one of the project cameras

Getting the most out of camera traps on the pine marten project

By Ed Snell, Yorkshire Pine Marten Project Officer Camera trap surveys are our main research method on the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme. This blog post gives some insight into why we think they’re ideal for this kind of project and how we set up our cameras. A project camera trap collected in snowy conditions Over the past 5 – 10 years camera traps have changed a lot on the

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Sparrowhawks on trail camera mating in Wales

Sparrowhawks in a mid-Wales garden

This is our second blog entry from Clare Boyes, a trail camera enthusiast and wildlife recorder in mid-Wales. Here, Clare shares her trail camera encounters with sparrowhawks… (you can read the first blog here) Checking camera traps is always a high point of my week – the buzz of anticipation – not knowing what might turn up next. I had a surprise in early April when one camera, focussed along

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First baby beavers born in Yorkshire on trail camera

Baby beavers born in Yorkshire

The first baby beavers born in Yorkshire for over 300 years have been filmed by camera traps set up by NatureSpy and Forestry England in Yorkshire. The beavers are part of an enclosed release trial in Cropton Forest to help prevent flooding as part of a 5 year trial, and there were hopes the female was pregnant. The trail cameras provided the first proof – 2 little bundles of fluff

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One of the first beavers in Yorkshire on camera trap

Not Canada… Beavers in Yorkshire!

It may look like Canada or the wilds of Europe, but this is one of Yorkshire’s newest residents – the first beavers in the region for over 400 years… https://youtu.be/NZiMWXCC0Og These wonderful images come from Forestry England’s enclosed beaver release trail at Cropton Forest.  This is the culmination of a huge amount of work behind the scenes and led by Cath Bashforth, Forestry England’s Ecologist for the region.  NatureSpy have supported the

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