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Project title
Utilising camera trapping to determine presence/likely absence for pine marten (Martes martes) for ecological impact assessment
Contact name
Ross Johnson
Project based at
Silwood Park (Imperial)
Imperial contact email
Project description
Current ecological practice for determining pine marten presence or likely absence involves various techniques such as finding scats and footprints or deploying and checking hair tubes and subsequent microscopy or DNA analysis. Given recent reintroductions and expansion of pine marten range, assessments of pine marten presence/likely absence may become more widely undertaken in ecological impact assessments in Britain. 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 other, more traditional survey at sites with confirmed pine marten presence, suspected pine marten presence and sites at which pine marten 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.
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Suitable for
Ecology Evolution and Conservation, Conservation Science, Ecological Applications, Ecosystem and Environmental Change MRes, Taxonomy and Biodiversity [NHM MSc]