Camera Trapping for Survey, Monitoring and Public Engagement

This course provides a thorough and in-depth introduction to the use of camera traps for wildlife survey, monitoring and public engagement.

The course is jointly delivered by Fraser Rush and Simon Roper and is run over two days to allow detailed coverage of the following topics:

  • Setup and programming options for a number of different types of camera trap.
  • Pros and cons of each camera type.
  • Best ways to deploy camera traps in order to get the desired images.
  • How to collect, transfer, view, sort, interpret and store results and avoid pitfalls such as false triggers and large numbers of unusable images.
  • How to design surveys, monitoring schemes and research projects using camera traps.
  • How to embed camera traps within public engagement and citizen science projects.
  • Helping the public to gain an understanding and appreciation of their local wildlife through camera trapping whilst managing expectations around large numbers of false triggers or poor images.

The course will primarily be field based with classroom sessions focusing on discussions, practical demonstrations, interactive group work, Q&A sessions, case studies and presentations.
The course includes a significant element of fieldwork, with all participants deploying cameras around Lower Sharpham Farm and interpreting / analysing results from ‘their own’, and previously collected, cameras. To maximise the use of the two days, field work will be extended into the evening and early morning periods.

Who Should Attend?

Any countryside professional, ecologist, volunteer or student intending to use camera traps as part of their work.

Knowledge Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

Prior Knowledge:

The training is pitched at beginner to intermediate level and will therefore suit those with no experience of camera trapping or with a little experience and a desire to improve.

A basic level of IT literacy is necessary.

Learning Outcomes

  • Operate a variety of different designs of camera trap
  • Understand how to deploy camera traps in order to achieve best results
  • Use camera traps to capture images & in a variety of wildlife monitoring scenarios
  • Store & sort images & be aware of data management, analysis software & online resources
  • Use camera traps as a public engagement or citizen science tool


Course fee includes refreshments throughout each day but lunch is not included.

How to Apply

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Key Information

Start date:

31st January 2018 at 10:00am


CIEEM Member: £220 | Non-Member: £360






Biodiversity, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Research, Sustainability


Totnes, United Kingdom

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