CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring - Pelagic Publishing

CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring

An Introduction

  • CCTV allows more intimate study of animal behaviour than other technologies
  • Case-studies show real projects, both equipment used and results
  • No prior knowledge of CCTV is required
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    • The wildlife and scientific case studies are fascinating and fully engage the reader making it almost impossible to resist delving deeper.
      —Dr Katherine Begg, environmental chemist and academic
    • cctv
    • conservation
    • ecology
    • monitoring
    • photography
    • surveillance
    • video
    • wildlife

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    CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring is a handbook on the use of CCTV in nature watching, conservation and ecological research. CCTV offers a unique ability to monitor wildlife in real time, stream video to the web, capture imagery of fast-moving species or cold animals such as wet otters or fish and maintain monitoring over long periods of time in a diverse array of habitats. Wildlife watchers can take advantage of a huge range of CCTV cameras, recording devices and accessories developed for use in non-wildlife applications. CCTV allows intimate study of animal behaviour not possible with other technologies.

    With expert experience in engineering, photography and wildlife, Susan Young describes CCTV equipment and techniques, giving readers the confidence to tackle what initially may seem technically challenging. The book enables the reader to navigate the technical aspects of recording: basic analogue, high definition HD-TVI and IP cameras, portable CCTV, digital video recorders (DVR) and video processing by focusing on practical applications. No prior knowledge of CCTV is required – step-by-step information is provided to get anyone started recording wildlife.

    In-depth methods for recording foxes, badger, deer, otters, small mammals and fish are also included, and the book makes comparisons with trail cameras where appropriate. Examples of recorded footage illustrate the book along with detailed diagrams on camera set-ups and links to accompanying videos on YouTube. Case-studies show real projects, both the equipment used and the results.

    This book will be of interest to amateur naturalists wishing to have a window into the private world of wildlife, ecological consultants monitoring protected species and research scientists studying animal behaviour.


    Amateur naturalists, ecological consultants, researchers in animal behavior

    Table of Contents

    CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring – an overview Why CCTV? How the book is designed.

    Chapter 1. Analogue CCTV 1.1 Analogue CCTV quick start 1.2 Basics of Analogue CCTV

    Chapter 2. Advanced CCTV details 2.1 Analogue CCTV in depth

    Chapter 3. HD-TVI CCTV 3.1 HD-TVI Quick Start 3.2 HD-TVI CCTV

    Chapter 4. IP cameras 4.1 IP camera Quick Start 4.2 IP cameras (Advanced CCTV) 4.3 IP cameras in depth

    Chapter 5. Portable CCTV 5.1 Portable CCTV Quick Start 5.2 Portable CCTV

    Chapter 6. Videos 6.1 Video processing

    Chapter 7. Technical case studies 7.1 In pursuit of image quality 7.2 Setting up portable CCTV 7.3 Setting up an IP camera 7.4 Making a lightweight mammal box 7.5 Connecting a lead-acid battery

    Chapter 8. Wildlife case studies 8.1 Clean pond dipping 8.2 Catching the frog catchers 8.3 Rock pool surveying 8.4 Badger activity - a life story 8.5 Bird feeders and bird baths 8.6 Tawny owl

    Chapter 9. Scientific case studies 9.1 Fish monitoring using a submersible camera –a pilot study 9.2 Monitoring bats in woodland – a pilot study

    Chapter 10. Suggestions for CCTV monitoring subjects 10.1 Birds 10.2 Reptiles 10.3 Insects 10.4 Aquatic mammals

    Chapter 11. Comparison of portable CCTV with trail cameras 11.1 Introduction 11.2 Trail camera details

    Chapter 12. Comparison of CCTV with remote triggered DSLR 12.1 Introduction 12.2 Triggered camera system details

    Appendix Comparison table for CCTV and trail cameras Equipment used Equipment suppliers References Index


    • This book is a rare combination of two things: it is useful and it is interesting. It helps to open the door to CCTV monitoring for the amateur, an endeavour that will seem intimidating to anyone but an expert. The instructive sections are laid out logically with informative diagrams and photographs to assist you along the way (very useful). Instructions are straightforward and avoid jargon, making this an exceptionally accessible guide. —Steph Maher, Mammal News (Mammal Society)
    • The author is knowledgeable and unpretentious allowing us to share in her hard won expertise in a straightforward down to earth way avoiding unnecessary costs and effort. The illustrations and diagrams are very clear and emphasise that much can be done with simple DIY as well as over the counter kits. ... The wildlife and scientific case studies are fascinating and fully engage the reader making it almost impossible to resist delving deeper. Whether interested in monitoring a garden bird box or monitoring wildlife in wilder areas or even under water, this book will provide you with the necessary practical information to achieve your aims and inspire you to go further. —Dr Katherine Begg, environmental chemist and academic

    About the Author

    Susan Young is a photographer and writer with a background in physics and engineering, and a passion for wildlife. Her previous writing has covered topics from wildlife photography to computer techniques for gardeners. She has used CCTV to monitor Barbastelle bats and developed portable CCTV monitoring protocols as part of pioneering on-going research with Natural England and the Woodland Trust.

    Bibliographic Information

    • 224 pages
    • 155 colour and 44 b/w figures
    • BISAC PHO013000, SCI020000, SCI043000, NAT010000

    Teaching Resources

    The book contains links to numerous sample videos available to view online.