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Project title
Utilising camera trapping to determine presence/likely absence for hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) for ecological impact assessment
Contact name
Ross Johnson
Project based at
Silwood Park (Imperial)
Imperial contact email
Project description
Current ecological practice for determining hedgehog presence or likely absence involves techniques such as deploying and checking traps, tracking tunnels for footprint ID, faeces searches and torchlight searches. Undertaking presence/likely absence survey using baited camera traps could be a more efficient and effective methodology. Testing of this methodology is required to establish its reliability and usefulness as a survey technique. A proposed approach would be to conduct camera trapping alongside traditional survey at two sites with confirmed hedgehog presence, one site with suspected hedgehog presence and one site at which hedgehog have previously been found to be likely absent.
Additional requirements
Ability to conduct fieldwork and identify hedgehog from camera trap imagery. Also possibly driving licence required to travel to sites.
Available support
Technical guidance and potentially financial support may be available.
Date uploaded
2019-11-18

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Available date limitations
Autumn (Sept-Oct), Spring (April-May)
Suitable for
Ecology Evolution and Conservation, Conservation Science, Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (MRes), Ecological Applications, Ecosystem and Environmental Change MRes, Taxonomy and Biodiversity [NHM MSc]