Rapid advances are currently occurring in telemetry, cameras, sound recording and satellite technology. While these tools promise revolutionary new ways to record the changing state of wild nature, our pressing need for a better understanding of biodiversity and the impact of environmental change is not yet being fully met by their application.

Within the Technology for Nature Unit, we are aiming to develop and continually improve sensing devices to enable researchers to better record the behaviour, distribution and status of animals in the wild. See below for a number of our projects in this area, from the tracking of migratory birds to detecting elusive carnivores in the African savannah.