FAQs

I use camera traps, would you like me to upload my footage?

Yes please! In order to upload footage you will need to register for an account on MammalWeb, which you can do via either the Spotter or Trapper page. Once signed in you can upload footage by going to the Trapper tab. The site will ask you some questions about where, how, and when the camera trap was set up, before asking you to upload. There is more information and step-by-step instructions available in our Trapper guide on the Learn page. We accept footage from any dates, as long as you have all of the information to upload with it (i.e., location, deployment times etc.).

Can I upload video?

Yes, in principle. As you will see from some of the projects already hosted on MammalWeb (see our Projects page for a full listing), we can host videos (in mp4 format) as well as still images. We prefer to discuss this first with contributors, because there are some limitations (e.g., in terms of upload file size) that arise from the cost implications of hosting video. Nevertheless, we are very open to video and look forward to hearing from those who would like to contribute videos.

How can I borrow a camera trap?

We can lend camera traps out to individuals, groups, or schools. However, there may be a waiting list if we currently have a lot of loan requests. We lend camera traps out for a period of one month. We will send the camera trap, strap, batteries, memory card and a python lock out to you in the post. This loan scheme is free but we do ask that you upload all footage you take on the camera trap to MammalWeb, and that you post the camera trap back to us after one month. In order to borrow a camera trap, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get back to you as soon as possible with a short form to fill out.

I'm having trouble registering.

You can register for an account on MammalWeb via either the Spotter or the Trapper tabs. You will need to follow the link “Don’t have an account”. Note that registration is a two-stage process. After you have registered, you will be sent a verification email and you will need to follow the instructions in that to complete the registration process. It is reported that verification emails sometimes get filtered into ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ folders. If you check those folders but still can’t find a verification email an hour after registering, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to tell us your username. We will then activate your account for you.

How do I set up a project on MammalWeb?

Anybody is welcome to upload footage to the general MammalWeb UK project. However, for some groups/organisations it may be useful to have a specific project on MammalWeb. Having a project on MammalWeb makes it easier for us to provide groups and organisations with their data and only their data. Some groups – such as schools –have a particular interest in viewing only the images they collected and this is easily achieved by having a specific project for the study. The data might also be collected in slightly different ways to the data in the original MammalWeb project or, if you are capturing sensitive data, you might only want specified users to see the footage from your project. The MammalWeb team currently take care of project set-up and administration. To set up a project on MammalWeb we will need:

• A short article (one or two paragraphs) about your project

• A cover photo for the project

• Information on whether you would like the project to be public, private or hybrid (anyone can classify, but only specified users can upload).

You can see examples of projects on MammalWeb on our Projects page. If you would like to discuss setting up a project please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why are my statistics not updating?

The Spotter homepage tells you how many image sequences you've classified. However, these statistics are only updated once a day to help with the site’s performance. Therefore, if your statistics don’t update immediately after you have been spotting, don’t worry: the site is still registering your efforts! You may just need to check back the following day to see your updated statistics.