As part of the capacity-building campaign in Eastern Europe, researchers in Bosnia & Herzegovina received field equipment from Dutch donors this summer. The equipment was handed over during the summer camp of the Field Study Group of the Dutch Mammal Society in Čajniče.
Information about the whereabouts of mammals and about their behaviour and habitat requirements are essential for their conservation. Conducting research on mammals is not easy. The animals are elusive and most of them are only active during the night. With special equipment, it is possible to learn more about their ecology. However, this equipment is pretty expensive and for researchers in low-income countries difficult to acquire. Thanks to generous donations from Dutch organisations (Regelink Ecology & Landscape, the Dutch Mammal Society and Cameraval.eu) researchers from the University of Banja Luka and the Centre for karst and speleology in Bosnia & Herzegovina became the happy owners of wildlife cameras, Anabat and D500X ultrasound recorders, and Longworth live traps. This equipment was handed over during the summer camp of the Field Study Group of the Dutch Mammal Society. Every year te Field Study Group carries out a survey somewhere in Europe. Always in collaboration with a local nature research or conservation organisation. This summer (2019) the camp was in Čajniče in the southeast of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Admir Aladžuz of the Centre for karst and speleology took part in the camp and was happy to receive the live traps. Dr. Igor Trbojević of the University of Baja Luka received the ultrasound recorders and the wildlife cameras. Data collected with this equipment will be used, among others, for the first atlas of the mammals of Bosnia & Herzegovina and for the second edition of the Atlas of European Mammals.
Do you also want to help the mammal researchers and conservationists in Eastern Europe with a donation (in money or equipment), contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or click the ‘Donate’-button. Equipment we are looking for are bat detectors, wildlife cameras, handheld GPS, live traps, mist nets, binoculars etc..