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Trail Camera Wildlife Recording - Code Of Practice - WildlifeGadgetman.com
Trail Camera Wildlife Recording – Code Of Practice 2016-10-27T15:27:15+00:00

Project Description


The use and popularity of motion activated trail cameras to record wildlife has exploded in the past 5 years. As prices reduce and quality of recorded images increases the audience for these powerful wildlife monitoring tools is likely to continue to grow at an incredible rate.

The potential benefits of using trail cameras to observe and record wildlife’s natural behaviour is immense but so are the potential hazards.

Whether you are a wildlife professional or a casual observer, using trail cameras in the right manner with due consideration to the wildlife subject, the habitat and to others is of paramount importance.

Therefore I have put together this ‘Code Of Practice’ as a recommended set of guidelines to follow when using trail cameras to monitor wildlife.

Code Of Practice

  • The welfare of the subject and its habitat should always come first. If you are in any doubt about the positioning of your trail camera do not do it!
  • As a trail cam user you should familiarise yourself with the natural history of your intended subject. The more complex or rarer the species the greater your knowledge should be.
  • A general knowledge of other natural history subjects is also desirable to avoid accidental damage of habitat or stressing of wildlife nearby.
  • As a trail cam user you should familiarise yourself with local and national legislation which may relate to potential species in the area and in particular whether a licence is required.
  • Disturbance to surrounding habitat should be minimised when positioning the trail camera and setting up the desired shot. Some ‘gardening’ (moving/rearranging of surrounding vegetation) may be required to achieve the desired scene but this should always be kept to a minimum and returned to the state in which it was found when the trail camera is removed.
  • Baiting an area/scene to attract wildlife should be kept to a minimum and where possible only natural food items should be offered. The use of ‘live food’ should be avoided with the possible exception of mealworms for birds. The area chosen should not expose the subject to predators, people or weather. Any remaining food items should be removed at the same time as the trail camera.
  • Do not leave any litter and always disguise/cover any tracks made leading to or from your trail camera.
  • Always get the permission of the land owner before placing your trail camera in an area you do not own.
  • Avoid general sharing of the exact location of images and footage obtained especially if you happen to capture images/footage of a protected species. Sharing with associated recognised bodies however is encouraged.
  • Consider the privacy of others that may stray into the area monitored by your trail camera. Avoid using in public places. If you do position your trail camera in a public place it may be advisable to erect a sign close by stating that motion activated wildlife monitoring cameras are in operation.

*Any suggestions for additions and tweaks to these guidelines would be greatly appreciated. I will update the Code Of Practice accordingly.

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Please feel free to download a copy of the Code Of Practice to share with fellow trail camera users.
I will endeavour to to seek support for this Code Of Practice from trail cam manufacturers, trail cam retailers, photographic groups and relevant conservation organisations. All supporter logos and links will appear on this page.
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I’ll be adding guides over the coming weeks to help you follow many of the points in the Code Of Practice. Follow me or subscribe to my blog for all the latest updates.


With the increasing popularity in the use of trail cameras to film wildlife it became essential that a code of practice was developed. Luckily Wildlife Gadget Man has done an excellent job of exactly that!
Wildlife Camera Code of Practice from @WildlifeGadgets is a very worthwhile read. We recommend it to all customers!

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