Limitations of recreational camera traps for wildlife management and conservation research: a practitioner's perspective.

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Newey, S, Davidson, P, Nazir, S., Fairhurst, G, Verdicchio, F, Irvine, RJ and van der Wal, R (2015). Limitations of recreational camera traps for wildlife management and conservation research: a practitioner's perspective. Ambio. 44 (S4), pp. 624-635.
AuthorsNewey, S, Davidson, P, Nazir, S., Fairhurst, G, Verdicchio, F, Irvine, RJ and van der Wal, R
Abstract

The availability of affordable 'recreational' camera traps has dramatically increased over the last decade. We present survey results which show that many conservation practitioners use cheaper 'recreational' units for research rather than more expensive 'professional' equipment. We present our perspective of using two popular models of 'recreational' camera trap for ecological field-based studies. The models used (for >2 years) presented us with a range of practical problems at all stages of their use including deployment, operation, and data management, which collectively crippled data collection and limited opportunities for quantification of key issues arising. Our experiences demonstrate that prospective users need to have a sufficient understanding of the limitations camera trap technology poses, dimensions we communicate here. While the merits of different camera traps will be study specific, the performance of more expensive 'professional' models may prove more cost-effective in the long-term when using camera traps for research.

KeywordsAnimals; Animals, Wild; Photography; Data Collection; Conservation of Natural Resources; Recreation; Inventions; Camera trap; Digital innovation; False negative; False positive; Sensors; Trail camera; MD Multidisciplinary; Ecology
Year2015
JournalAmbio
Journal citation44 (S4), pp. 624-635
ISSN1654-7209
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s13280-015-0713-1
Publication dates
Print27 Oct 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Aug 2018
Accepted27 Oct 2015
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
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