As part of my PhD research, I have used a Bushnell Trail Camera to investigate wood mouse behaviour around Longworth traps and also to determine which other larger mammal species investigate these traps. Outside of my PhD, I have been using Bushnell Trail cameras to monitor a local badger sett and have recorded behaviours such as mating, scent marking, sett maintenance, play fighting, feeding and grooming. I have also used the camera at other locations to gain records for the Mammal Society Atlas project. My mammal species inventory so far contains: badgers, foxes, roe deer, fallow deer, pine marten, wood mice, bank voles, rats, a hedgehog, grey squirrels, red squirrels, rabbits and hares.
I recently started a new project, funded by O2 Think Bigger, a charity supporting young people to make a difference in their communities. Funding has enabled me to purchase two new Bushnell trail cameras to use at community events and to engage people with their local wildlife. Most people, when shown the Bushnell footage, were astounded to find out there are foxes, badgers, mice, squirrel and derr so close to where they live. Seeing video footage makes everything more real! I will be using the cameras to show school children red squirrels that live in local woodlands, which is great as 20 excitabel children is not conducive to seeing squirrels on a short field trip!