How CCTV can aid the researcher

Trail cameras have become recognised as a valuable research tool for wildlife monitoring. They are very good at indicating the presence of wildlife, but when compared to CCTV it can be seen that CCTV is much more flexible and capable of producing higher quality videos, especially at night. However CCTV tends to be used for large expensive projects, such as live streaming from osprey nests or bat colonies in caves, which tends to reinforce the misconception that CCTV is technically complex. In fact there are many areas where CCTV can used with only basic technical knowledge and yet can be used to great advantage.

Details of these research topics plus many other applications are described in CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring (see The Book in the menu).

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