Participation on the SNAPSHOT EUROPE project allows to share the results of ungulate monitoring using cameratraps in the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park.
To study ungulate populations in the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park, cameratraps have been used since 2004 in various campaigns with different objectives. These include evaluation of the use of fauna passages in the area, or estimation of density by means of Random Encounter Model (REM) methodology in the last few years.
In 2021, more cameras were installed to cover the two reserve areas and obtain population information about the three ungulate species in the park (wild boar, fallow deer and roe deer), taking advantage of participation in the international project SNAPSHOT EUROPE.
SNAPSHOT EUROPE is a collaborative project coordinated by the Max Planck Institute that aims to monitor mammals at European scale, following coordinated, standardized methodology through cameratrapping. All data collected are available for researchers who want to create a collaborative publication.
In Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, 1,817 mammal sequences have been obtained of which 1,037 correspond to ungulates, with wild boar being the most common species in the area. Apart from participation in the SNAPSHOT EUROPE project, data estimation on wild boar density could be obtained using the REM technique, and information on daily activity patterns, group size, etc.
In the following video you can see a collection of the images that were obtained: https://youtu.be/s_FLu9EAZxM