February was the last month of the meteorological winter – but nobody told nature that – and it was still quite quiet on the Mammal Web cameras. Though there has still been enough activity for the number of images uploaded to the Mammal Web website to approach 45,000. At this stage we really do need as many people as possible to help the project by registering as a Spotter and classifying images.
Pen-Yuan Hsing, who is the Durham University PhD student working on the project, has carried out some preliminary analysis of the data gathered so far. The graph below shows the number of photos that have been uploaded across the life of the project (grey area) and the number that have been classified at least once (black area).
The following bar chart shows the number of photos which have been ‘Spotted’ a certain number of times. As you can see, roughly 6000 photos have been Spotted twice.
Pen has also looked at the activity patterns of roe deer, which is the mammal species that has been photographed the most times to date. The chart below illustrates that they are active throughout the day with a period of lower activity around midday.
Although February was quite quiet we were treated to a weekly appearance by a tawny owl (OK so it’s not a mammal but it’s still nice to see) on the Rainton Meadows’ camera. It seemed to be bringing its prey into the cover of the trees to eat – lucky for us that it chose to do it in front of the camera.
There was also quite a lot of brown hare activity at Rainton in February with regular images of one or two hares chasing each other.
Trapper Christine sent in this lovely image of a roe deer from her camera.
And although this stoat image from Trapper Keith was taken in January he didn’t find it until he checked his camera in February. Lovely daytime shot.
Looking ahead, we will be training up some new Trappers this month and we are looking forward to Spring and to seeing some interesting images of our mammals as they breed and start moving more around the landscape.