The Stadtnatur association encourages volunteers to participate as urban nature observers. Wildlife cameras are available for rent.
Wildlife cameras are equipped with motion detectors and take a picture every time something moves in the grass. Infrared light means that images can even be taken when it is pitch-black to the human eye.
It may be worth buying your own camera. There are some suitable models available that cost less than 100 Swiss francs. There are also convenient versions that transmit the image data to your computer immediately without any contact with the camera. This allows you to follow what’s going on outside from a distance in real time.
The association advises that cameras should only be set up on private property so as not to violate personal rights by taking unintentional photographs of people. Depending on your situation, the association also advises that you check with the landlord or house owner and inform your neighbours before setting up a camera trap.
The urban wildlife project was launched in Zurich in 2013. Since then, it has caught on in other cities: similar projects are under way in St. Gallen, Bern, Lucerne, Chur, Winterthur, Vienna and Berlin. Comparable monitoring projects have also been set up in rural regions under the name ‘Wild Neighbours’.