You have seen footage on the telly in which bird ringers are using thermal to spot birds at night.

You've heard of conservationists using them to count bats emerging from their roosts.

You've seen videos on social media with a post highlighting the virtues of the latest monocular – but what exactly is it?

Read on to learn about how thermal technology is changing the face of modern-day conservation


Thermal Imaging is unique in its ability to monitor all manner of species, both by day and at night, whilst minimising disturbance.

 These devices enable much faster detection of heat sources at greater distances compared to traditional glass optics.

As no visible light is needed to illuminate your observation area, you do not need to shine torches in darkness, thus reducing the risk of lifting birds from their roosts.

Thermal devices can be set up to record, which can help you when counting individuals — just pop your device onto a tripod, set it to record, and you can download the footage to watch back later.

When combined with traditional monitoring techniques, you can be sure you are doing everything to gather the most accurate data possible.


There is quite a lot of information to take on board when you first delve into the world of thermal imaging. We understand that it can be quite daunting so we have compiled this list to help share our knowledge

We have been using and selling thermal imagers for over a decade and have developed a vast array of practical knowledge when it comes to using them in the field.

 We work closely with The West Midlands Ringing Group who have pioneered using thermal technology for bird ringing (we are proud to say we sold them their very first device) They have been invaluable in ascertaining what units are best for a variety of conditions and applications

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