Photographic Wildlife Survey

Raising Awareness for Wildlife and our Natural Environment

Our natural environment is a system that is functioning based on a wide variety of wildlife and plant species.
This system provides us with land, water and air; vital for our own survival.

Photography for Big Cats CIC has the objective to raise awareness and funds for endangered big cat species. We are however aware that at least some of the problems, big cats are facing in other countries apply also to British wildlife.

In South Africa we learnt for example that some lions in the Krüger National Park have bovine TB; just like some of the badgers here in the UK. Furthermore, habitat loss, poaching and depletion of food sources are also happening for wildlife here in Britain. While learning more about tigers, leopards, lions and other big cat species, we learnt also more about the problems for British wildlife and came to the conclusion we need to dedicate some of our work to help the wildlife in our own country.

Over the last 2.5 years we have gathered images and video footage of wildlife in co-operation with land owners and/or managers in the wider Sherwood Forest area. In this context we would like to extend our thanks to the ranger team at the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve for letting us have our trail cameras out in the country park part of the NNR for 20 months. This enabled us to monitor not only some areas, but also some of the wildlife species for prolonged periods.

This gave us a good start and we are continuing our work now in other parts of the wider Sherwood Forest area
(providing us with information about wildlife distribution across the wider area). Through this we have gained access to an extensive amount of footage/material of badgers, foxes, deer and other species that live or visit the areas, we used to monitor or still are covering with our trail cameras. The video clips have provided us with an interesting insight into the life of the different wildlife species. Some of this may be of interest to the scientific community as we were able to monitored badger setts for prolonged periods and were also able to capture the mating of roe deer.

Besides this we have utilised the footage in slideshows and films for talks, which we provide to various types of interest groups. Our talks look also at the impact, we have when visiting natural habitat areas as the cameras and our own observation did provide also information in this respect. We now plan to take our Photographic Wildlife Survey further by engaging with schools and youth groups to get children interested and involved in protecting wildlife and our natural environment. In this sense, we have signed up with the Nottingham Trent Children's University and offer schools to provide assembly talks
(against a donation) and longer interactive sessions to learn more about the wildlife in our neighbourhood (as well as big cats and wildlife conservation) .


The objectives of the Photographic Wildlife Survey projects are to
  • Produce short educational films, mainly based on trail camera footage that provide a better understanding about wildlife species, their habitat requirements and their role in the overall natural system,
  • Continue to provide talks on British wildlife, their role in the natural environment and our impact on wildlife and their natural habitat,
  • Support land owners and managers to gain a better understanding about what wildlife species live on or visit their properties, and provide information and recommendation that will help to manage the land in a wildlife friendly manner,

At the moment we are working mainly in the wider Sherwood Forest area, but have also helped out in other areas of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

The Photographic Wildlife Survey is part of our not-for-profit business (Photography for Big Cats CIC) and with the exception of longer talks
(1-hour and longer) our work is currently self-funded, but we need your support to continue the work for the British wildlife and our own environment. We appreciate any contribution, you may be able to give.

Besides financial support we are also looking for volunteers, who would like to learn more about the wildlife in their area and how it can be protected more effectively. If you like to get involved by volunteering
  • to set-up and maintain trail cameras,
  • to review video footage with the aim to gain a better understanding about the wildlife species and their behaviour,
  • to work on film projects
  • to prepare educational material and provide talks, sharing knowledge about British wildlife and their role within the natural system
please contact us at

For now, thank you very much in advance

Barbara Meyer
Wildlife Photographer and
Founder of Photography for Big Cats CIC