Help us ID thousands of images from the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme

As of this week, you will be able to play an important role the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme by identifying species in our camera trap photos through MammalWeb. MammalWeb is an online platform for ID of species in camera trap images that is freely available for anyone to access, just head to the MammalWeb website and click ‘Spotter’ to get started.

As you will see from our latest update, we capture a fascinating range of species on our camera traps used in the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme. In effect, the camera traps we deploy are mapping out the distribution and abundance of the species they pick up. This is valuable information as it can be used to guide the conservation of wildlife in the area. For example; knowing which species are where and when can support research into species ecology, behaviour and responses to environmental changes, which in turn can be influential in how species and their habitats are managed.

The camera traps also turn up occasional surprises, such as this sparrowhawk

MammalWeb is organised by the Durham Wildlife Trust and the Department of Biosciences at Durham University. The aim of the project is to use camera trap images to understand more about the distribution and abundance of Britain’s wild mammals and the factors affecting them. This data can be used to support scientific studies, which can prove influential in the conservation of Britain’s wildlife. Alongside our photos from the North York Moors, you’ll find images from projects such as the Highland Red Squirrel Project and the North Pennines NNRs, as well as photos uploaded by the general public. You can select to identify species from individual projects or the entire library.

We currently have 55 camera traps on rotation around forests on the North York Moors; 10 of these cameras capture photographs only and it is these images that you will find on MammalWeb. We’ve started the ball rolling by uploading over 4,000 images that date back to May 2018, so there’s plenty to start ID’ing! We will be uploading new images every month, so keep an eye on MammalWeb to see which species have dropped by our cameras…

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