Wildlife Technology Lab

The Wildlife Technology Lab is a facility based in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, working on research and commercial projects relating to the development of wildlife monitoring prototypes and systems.

Since its inception in August 2014 on a joint research submission (with colleagues in the School of Biology) to the Institute of Sustainability: 'Innovations in invasive species management - developing new method for species-specific capture', the lab has been involved in implementing unique engineering design solutions for the conservation of native animal species.

With the recent advent of low cost computing power, Internet of Things (IoT) and minaturisation of processor boards and sensors etc. the possibility of bespoke tailor made solutions have now become a reality.  Examples of developed low cost prototypes range from the design of a PIT tag monitoring system, remote squirrel weight/image measuring device, wireless animal trap monitoring eqipment. All developed prototypes undergo extensive field testing and functional development, as well as incorporating appropriate animal legislation before acception as a reliable product‌ suitable for use on a wildlife conservation project.

The main benefits of these bespoke prototypes typically relate to the following:

  • Provide savings in terms of human resource
  • Reduce the need for unnecessary animal capture
  • Provide previously un-obtainable animal data

 

UK Squirrel Accord Discussions

Formal discussions on possible future projects - 02/06/16

Research Application - Institute for Sustainability

A 'Responsive Mode' research application was submitted to the Institute for Sustainability on 11th October to develop the WATAMS prototype.

Invitation by Local Landowners - Nov 2016

Following the UK Squirrel Accord meeting in Kelso, a number of local landowners from the North of England and Scottish border regions requested meetings to discuss our WATAMS intelligent trap prototype.

Red Squirrels United Knowledge Fair - March 2017

Presentation given at the Red Squirrels United Knowledge Fair in Belfast March 2017

EPSRC Funding Application

A successful submission in June 2017 to the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account for funding to develop the WATAMS prototype in conjunction with Electrical & Electronic Engineering and the School of Biology.

Location 

The Wildlife Technology Lab is located in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.