Caught on Camera

NatureWatch Project, VIC

  • YEAR: 2014
  • STATE: Victoria
  • FOCUS AREAS: Saving Species/SDG 15: Life on Land

Caught on Camera is an innovative NatureWatch project that involves working with local community groups, land holders and contracted professional ecologists to carry out community based, long term monitoring of wildlife using motion-sensing cameras. The project involves bringing these groups together to develop the project objectives and methods and train volunteers in the use of remote sensing cameras.

FNPW support

This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.

Project overview

This FNPW grant was primarily applied to two Caught on Camera locations in Victoria – Bunyip State Park and Wombat State Forest.

During the grant period approximately 12,000 high quality fauna records per year were collected across the two project locations. This included approximately 150 records of feral species, which were reported to local land managers immediately after they were recorded.

Each year, two 3 month-long wildlife monitoring seasons were held – monitoring Wombat State Forest in Autumn and Bunyip State Park in Spring. The project was conducted in partnership with three community groups; the Friends of Bunyip State Park, Friends of Kurth Kiln and Wombat Forestcare, with the support of local land managers, Parks Victoria, as well as the Victorian Department of Environment Land Water and Planning.


FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation the we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.


The project was completed in 2015.

This project was funded by FNPW in 2014.


The Friends of Bunyip State Park, Friends of Kurth Kiln and Wombat Forestcare are the lead organisation for this project.

Further information about our project partners can be found on their websites:

Friends of Bunyip State Park Facebook Page



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