As part of the 3 year Heritage Lottery Funded Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme, we are creating records of all the species that pass by our wildlife cameras. We use over 50 camera traps as our main survey tools in this project as they effectively give us eyes in the forest 24/7; this is really important when trying to locate a species that’s elusive and a rare sight in Yorkshire.

Of course, our camera traps will detect any animal that passes by, so we have a great opportunity to record the variety and abundance of wildlife in forests across the North York Moors as part of this project. Our camera traps capture thousands of videos and photos each year, and our brilliant volunteers are helping us to turn these images into species records. These records will be submitted to our local ecological records data centre.  

Camera trap videos

Anyone that’s reviewed raw footage from a camera trap will know that it often involves browsing through lots of repeat visitors and false triggers, but every now and then a video will jump out at you. The compilation below is the first in a series that highlights some of our volunteers’ favourite camera trap images. This could be their favourite species, interesting behaviours or just a really nice video! In this compilation we’ve got a whole range of captures from roe and red deer, to stoats and weasels and even a very photogenic wood pigeon…

Camera trap photos

Some of our cameras are set to photo mode, so here’s some of our volunteers’ favourite photos…

Badger and cubs
Family outing…
Elusive Roe deer
How many roe deer can you see?
Stoat with rabbit
Stoat with prey
Sparrowhawk pose
Sparrowhawk pose
Buzzard on wildlife camera trap
And then a buzzard pose…
Tawny Owl
A tawny owl’s turn next…
A week later, we see why the tawny owl stopped by!

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of our volunteers for all their help on the project so far, we couldn’t do it without them!

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