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Due to greater than anticipated interest in this volunteering opportunity we are now closed for applications. If you would like to hear about future volunteering opportunities with this project, please email to express your interest.

Camera trap species ID volunteers (closed)

NatureSpy is a non-profit organisation that aims to research and conserve wildlife and habitats through study and monitoring. Our projects use camera traps to engage a variety of social groups and communities in their local green spaces and wildlife.  

We have been working with Forestry England since 2013 to try and detect pine marten populations in Yorkshire, as the species have a history of reported sightings across the region. In 2017 we successfully caught footage of pine marten living on the North York Moors – providing the first images of a pine marten in the area in over 35 years.

Following this discovery in 2017, we have been running comprehensive camera trap surveys to try and detect pine martens. Of course, we can’t choose which animals pass by our cameras, which means we have an opportunity to study the variety species that inhabit North Yorkshire’s forests. Initial work shows that our cameras are picking up over 50 mammal and bird species in the area, ranging from more common species including badgers, foxes and roe deer, through to more elusive and locally rare species like goshawks and pine martens.

Why do we need volunteers?

We’re seeking volunteers to support with reviewing videos and photos from our camera traps and creating species records. These records will be submitted to the North & East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre and can be used to study species presence, abundance, distribution and behaviour.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is a great opportunity to learn about the presence and behaviour of wildlife on the North York Moors. You gain experience in the following areas:

Reviewing camera trap footage.
Identifying species.
Creating records for camera trap studies and wildlife databases.

Experience and skills needed for the role:

You will volunteer remotely from your own computer, so it is flexible to times that suit the volunteer. As a volunteer you will need:

  • A reasonable knowledge of British wildlife. NatureSpy will provide support and can also recommend species identification guides.
  • Access to a computer with an internet connection, as this volunteering will be carried out through your web browser.

What do we require from the volunteer?

Approximately 5-6 days (equivalent to approx. 50 hours) of volunteering over a 6-month period (March – August 2020).

As a volunteer you will be identifying species in camera trap videos and photos from your computer and entering the species into a spreadsheet.

Where will the volunteer be based?

You can carry this out remotely from any location, so long as you have access to a computer and an internet connection.

How to Apply & Our Volunteer Recruitment Process

If you have any questions about the role please do get in touch.

Apply by downloading the application form and returning it to our Project Officer, Ed Snell –


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