Gashchak, S.; Paskevych, S.; Gulyaichenko, E.; Vishnevskyi, D.; Barnett, C.L.; Beresford, N.A.

Motion-activated camera trap images of Eurasian Lynx in the Ukrainian Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, 2012-2018

Data comprise a catalogue of motion activated digital trap camera images of Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx (L., 1758)) obtained from motion-activated digital trap cameras located within the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine (CEZ) over multiple years (2012-2018). Images of Eurasian lynx obtained from the cameras are included as part of the dataset.

The data were obtained from three research projects:
(1) NatEnvPr - Studies conducted 2012–2018
(2) TREE - Studies conducted 2014–2016 and
(3) RED FIRE - Studies conducted 2016–2017

The cameras for all projects were setup with the aim to capture images of medium-large mammals; the studies were not designed to obtain quantitative assessments of abundance and density of Eurasian lynx across the CEZ. No bait was used during any of the studies.

Publication date: 2022-07-28

Get the data

This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Gashchak, S.; Paskevych, S.; Gulyaichenko, E.; Vishnevskyi, D.; Barnett, C.L.; Beresford, N.A. (2022). Motion-activated camera trap images of Eurasian Lynx in the Ukrainian Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, 2012-2018. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/c099d04e-72e0-4ee9-ac72-11dc004ec1f6

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2012-01-01    to    2018-12-31

Provenance & quality

Most of the digital trap cameras used were Ltl Acorn 6210 MC; other models used were: Browning BTC5, Browning BTC-7FHD-PX, Bushnell 119437, Bushwhacker Big Eye D3, CCBetter, Covert Red40, Covert Red 40Ex, Ltl Acorn 5210A, Ltl Acorn 6210MG, ScoutGuard 880MK, ScoutGuard 882MK and Weltar 8210A. The available settings and capabilities of each camera were different.

Images (and videos) of Lynx and camera metadata were downloaded from each camera memory card by the Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety. Using this information the Lynx Image catalogue was populated by the Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety and supplied to UKCEH as an MSExcel file; a separate MSExcel file containing camera details and site descriptions etc. was also provided. The same person from the Chornobyl Center recorded all descriptive parameters. All images and videos were provided to UKCEH as .jpg; .mov; .avi and .mp4 files respectively.

For quality control purposes a member of UKCEH staff ensured images of the Eurasian lynx observed were provided (or where this was not possible this was noted in the image catalogue). Any queries regarding the image catalogue and site descriptions were also investigated.

Supplemental information

Gashchak, S., Barnett, C.L., Beresford, N.A., Paskevych, S., Wood, M.D. 2022. Estimating the population density of Eurasian lynx in the Ukrainian part of the Chornobyl exclusion zone using camera trap footage. Theriologia Ukrainica. 23.

Correspondence/contact details

Cath Barnett
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Gashchak, S.
Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety
Paskevych, S.
The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Gulyaichenko, E.
Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety
Vishnevskyi, D.
Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve
Barnett, C.L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Beresford, N.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
Gashchak, S.
Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety
 sgaschak@chornobyl.net

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Animal behaviour CEZ,  Chernobyl,  Chornobyl,  Image,  Lynx,  Motion-activated camera Trap camera
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
05 August 2022 08:27