We are setting up a network of motion sensing "camera traps" around County Durham, and elsewhere in the country, to photograph and monitor wild mammals. These cameras take pictures of animals that pass in front of them and, since there may be thousands of photos, we need your help to identify what's in them!


More knowledge about the distribution and abundance of Britain's wild mammals, and the factors affecting them, is useful for lots of reasons. These range from gaining a better understanding of the ecology of these species and their responses to current environmental changes, to planning the development of infrastructure and managing wildlife disease. Taking photos of wild animals helps us to understand what is going on.


Anyone is welcome to help identify animals in the images taken by camera traps, or even volunteer by setting up their own camera trap and uploading the pictures from it!

Click here to get started, or here for a tutorial video on Spotting animals.

We value your help and feedback. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!!