Streets, railways and canals are all barriers for wildlife. Unfortunate accidents often occur when animals attempt to cross such installations. The artificial fragmentation of our landscapes is causing serious damage to eco-systems. Special “green” or wildlife crossings are networking and connection corridors aimed at helping animals to cross hazardous areas.
A wildlife crossing was constructed over the busy A1 motorway to the South of Wittlich in 2008. Since the middle of the year, unprecedented image quality has enabled specialist biologists and construction workers to observe and document every single wildlife movement on the crossing.
In contrast to previous practice, which was not popular with the relevant authorities due to the immense expenditure of time and money required, the Trier Federal State Transport Agency is now using IPS VideoManager to monitor crossing activities. The object of investigation is to discover whether animals accept the construction measure and how they behave.
IPS VideoManager ensures permanent monitoring, supplying razor-sharp pictures without attracting the attention of the animals. All wildlife movements are recorded day and night by two highly sensitive dome cameras. Recordings are triggered as soon as animals approach the crossing.