There are standard techniques for the survey of many protected animal species in the UK, particularly for those that remain common and widespread at the national or regional level. These protocols are useful, but taking a formulaic approach to survey work doesn’t always address the question that needs answering. In certain circumstances the use of equipment such as motion-activated cameras and video recorders can significantly increase the value of a survey programme and allow a greater level of confidence in the interpretation of results at very little extra cost. Innovative use of technology can also help engagement with consultees and engender confidence in survey results.
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