Welcome to the Big Cats In Britain Wildlife Trigger Camera Blog
The Big Cats in Britain organisation, (BCIB), predominately searches for evidence of native and non native feline species living in the British Countryside. Part of our research includes the use of wildlife trigger cameras, also known as stealth cams or trail cams . These operate using infra-red technology to take pictures of any animal that passes the camera.
Our members have dozens of these cameras in various locations around the British Isles, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
This blog is dedicated to showing the general public, the animals we have captured on camera. These images are small snapshots of the diversity of animal life that can be found in our countryside.
We hope you enjoy them.......................
All images are copyright of the BCIB, if you wish to use any of these images online or in the media, please contact us first to obtain permission.
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Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
This set of 29 images are of the local badger, having a good sniff around in front of the camera. I will post the foxes and buzzards at a later date.
Monday, 29 November 2010
She has placed the trail camera in a private wood in Kent near a field of sheep. Over the last few years something has been killing the sheep and they have never found out what is killing them. Back in 2008 there were two sightings of a big cat in a village 2 miles away. There was a unreported sighting about the same time of a big cat on farmland the other end of the village in which Sharon lives.
Sharon is also using a new brand of trail camera in the BCIB Trigger Camera Network It is a G&L M100. As you can see, the images are very clear.
So far Sharon has managed to get some nice shots of grey squirrels and foxes. Fingers crossed she finds out what has been attacking the sheep.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
These cams are in a location which has had previous big cat sightings and they are regularly baited with rabbits but unfortunately this particular rabbit was now quite ripe! The fox didn't seem to mind in the slightest though.
It does demonstrate how effective the cams are should we ever get a visit from a big cat though.
And of course our interested forestry worker. Smile Please !
Monday, 15 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
Originally from China, the first muntjac escapees came from Woburn Park in the mid 1920's. The current estmates indicate that the UK population is around 150,000, and increasing at around 8%-10% per year. It is believed that within a few decades they will be the most numerous species of deer in the UK, if left unchecked
These images have been captured by Martin Cotterill in Warwickshire on his Scoutguard cam.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Bob Wallace had a camera stolen from a location in Fife in August, and we have just been informed that new BCIB member Gary Ridley has had his camera stolen in Surrey.
Gary is offering a reward for the return of the camera, and his story can be read here
Theft hampers efforts to snap legendary big cat
By Guy Martin
October 29, 2010
A CAMERA positioned to capture the appearance of the legendary Surrey puma has itself disappeared this week.
The £300 device was put up at the Wotton Estate on Saturday (October 23) by the Surrey representative of Big Cats in Britain, but by Wednesday it had gone.
Gary Ridley is offering a cash reward for anyone with information on how it disappeared from the White Down Lane area of Abinger Hammer and which leads to its return.
He was keen to gather photographic evidence of the presence of a big cat in the area after a report of a sighting from a train to the north of Dorking station in September.
A woman passenger on her way to work said she had seen a golden brown animal which “looked like a lioness but not as bulky".
The animal was said to be around two metres long and was seen from around 100m away, from the 7.02am train to London Waterloo.
She reported the animal looked like a skinny lioness or a puma, and it was said to be skulking low through a field of sheep. Other passengers had apparently not looked up from their newspapers and so they missed it.
The sighting came as no surprise to Mr Ridley, who had his camouflage bark-coloured camera specially imported from the USA to capture such moments.
He had positioned the specialist piece of equipment, which others will struggle to operate without a manual or expert knowledge, on a gatepost.
“It had only been out there for four nights,” he said. “It’s an area where this cat may well move through. This puma may well have come from the Kent area, from Tunbridge Wells.
“We are trying to establish where they are, but we need proof. It’s all hearsay. There have been lots and lots of sightings so we are desperate to get these cameras out there.
“We’re desperate to get this camera back. I’m appealing to people’s good side to help us get it back.”
Anyone with information or with a sighting to report should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Ridley said there were signs that big cats were out in the area, but proving it has been difficult because they are so elusive and people are sceptical.
“The amount of sightings that there are prove to us that there is a phenomenon going on,” he said.
“The government are not going to want people to know that there are big cats out there because it will lead to fear.
“Rotting carcasses have gone missing and there are a number of pictures, but they are grainy. We just want one picture, but they are so elusive and they are nocturnal.”
Reported sightings of mystery beasts in the area in the past decade have been made near Farnham as well as in Shamley Green, Worplesdon and Tadworth.
Such sightings have given birth to the popular legend of the Surrey puma, and Mr Ridley said his father-in-law had also seen one in Clandon Park.
“They are out there and they are breeding,” he insisted.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Saturday, 16 October 2010
When you don't want cats you get them, but perseverance pays off and we finally get an otter on camera
For a change, as a favour to the owners, I have been trying to get images of the otters that frequent the river. With sardines, codling, and mackeral as bait, the cameras have been placed on a small "beach" on the river bank, where otter prints have been spotted
So what did I get when I first checked the camera, did I get an otter, nope I got a black cat. Not one of the big ones, but a big feral tom cat that puts in rare appearances in the area
Undaunted, I re-baited the area, and left the camera to do its work. Returning today, I collected the SD card from the camera, and checked the images. And what was the first image on the card, was it the elusive otter. No, just another feral cat. This time a black and white one, which the owners think is the mate of the black one.
Here we go again, I thought, but the rest of the pictures on the card, put a smile on my face. We got the otter. Ok, they are not the greatest shots. No perfect profiles, but definitely otter. Another one to add to the list of animals captured on our cameras
Shaun Stevens (BCIB Argyll)
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Well, the rabbit was stripped bare within days leaving nothing but fur and a couple of leg bones. The culprit was not a big cat unfortunately, but a crow, a hooded crow, and two buzzards.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
These images are from the camera that I currentlty have on loan from a good friend, Dick Raynor of the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau.
I have placed this camera on the edge of a forest fence, where it is obvious that an animal has crawled under it creating a very large hole. As you can see, it is not just one animal that is using this "tunnel", as we have images of both fox and badger. Along with a number of sub-adult pheasants. The hole in the fence is to the left of the frame.
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
With me being away for a week or so, I'm are slightly behind with the postings on this blog. I have a number of images to put up, and I'll try to do so over the next few days.
These high quality 6.0 Megapixel cameras will allow us to get some great still pictures and video night shots.
One camera is going straight to a brand new location in the south of Kintyre, Scotland this weekend. The other to Ayrshire before being placed in yet another new location in Scotland.
We would like to thank Spypoint and Thomas Jacks Ltd for these cameras, with a special thank you to Ashley Beard at Thomas Jacks who arranged it all.
Images from these cameras will be posted over the coming weeks and months.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Charlie Bones (BCIB Sussex)
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
The Bornean Clouded leopard Programme, is a joint multi-site research collaborative effort between the Sabah Wildlife Department in Borneo and the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), University of Oxford.
They aim to advance understanding and enhance the conservation of the Sunda clouded leopard and other threatened Bornean wild cats in Sabah. This is being done by short term camera trap surveys designed to estimate clouded leopard densities and felid community structure in six key forest areas within Sabah, Borneo. In addition, an intensive camera trap survey is being implemented for approximately 2.5 years at a single forest site, designed to provide insights into the ecology of the clouded leopard.
The project is being led by Andrew Hearn and Joanna Ross.
Andy and Jo during their last project in Borneo
Andy describes their trail cam methods as such,
We're using several models: Snapshot Snipers (which use a Sony P41/P43 camera), Cuddeback captures, and Bushnell Trophy Cams. We have bait in the past, food items such as shrimp paste etc, as well as trapping lures from the US, but these tended to attract non-target species (bearded pigs and civets mainly), or had no discernible effect on attracting Bornean felids (trapping lures). Having first determined that we could get some of the cats on the cameras we started using mark-recapture methods to estimate their density - and generally it is better not to use bait due to methodological issues.
When available, we place the cameras along existing human trails, the drier, longer and clearer the better. Abandoned old logging roads, again, ideally dry and not too degraded (i.e. still relatively clear of vegetation) are also preferred sites. Natural ridge lines, or other topographical features that may filter animal movements are also used - ridges in particular appeared to selectively utilised by a number of mammals. In the absence of such features, we create our own trails, clearing the vegetation and even sweeping the trail clear of leaf litter. Such trails are typically 4-500 m long, ideally longer, but logistics often mean that this is all we can realistically achieve given our timeframe. Again, many mammals start using the new trails, as can be witnessed by the cameras snapping them moving down the trail.
We typically have a minimum of 35 pairs of cameras running (currently 40 pairs), and we move these to a second survey area, resulting in a survey of a min of 70 sites per 130km2 study area.
Andy and Jo have kindly given us permission to reproduce some of the pictures of cats they have recently captured on camera. There are many more images on their blog site of other animals caputured on camera during their previous research project. It's a blog I would highly recommend to everyone with an interest in wild cats or wildlife in general, it is full of details of the project and its aims. I for one will certainly be following this blog with interest over the following year or so.
All these images are copyright of Andy Hearns and Jo Ross, and should be contacted via their blog if you wish to reproduce these images elsewhere. I have repoduced the comments from the team that accompanies each photograph from their blog.
Our first wild cat photo- capture - a flat-headed cat
A leopard cat. This adaptable species is thought to respond well to habitat disturbance, and unlike the other 4 Bornean felids can be found residing in oil palm plantations. It's a little surprising then, that this is our first photo of this species - but again it is early days.