Research

Camera Trap Project

To monitor the native wildlife present at Alladale, we’ve started an exciting new camera trapping project.

Launched in the summer of 2020, the first phase of the project involves surveying 28 sites within the reserve’s woodland habitat. We’ve gathered over 4,000 images and captured footage of Badgers, Foxes, Pine Martens, Red Squirrels, Buzzards, and many more species.

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Badger

The data from these images will be used to create an inventory of the species that live in Alladale’s woodlands and river systems and will provide estimates of their relative abundance.

For the next phase of the project, we’re planning to expand the area covered by the camera traps to include other habitats on the reserve, such as the beautiful heather moorlands and peatlands. Through a long-term camera trapping project, we will be able to monitor changes in the wildlife populations on the reserve as we continue to create more habitat for them and rewild the landscape.

We also plan to engage the students at our annual schools’ programme in the project by giving students the opportunity to set cameras up themselves and check the footage in the field. In doing so, we hope to inspire and engage the younger generation in the monitoring and conservation of Scotland’s precious wildlife.