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Conservation Detection Dogs

Reliable, accurate, cost-effective. Advancing wildlife surveys.

Research consistently shows that dogs are far more effective than human-only search teams. Efficiency trials on wind farms routinely result in humans finding between 0% to 30% of bat carcasses vs 70% to almost 100% for dogs. Dogs are quick, light-footed and non-biased, with approximately 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, in contrast to humans who only have six million. Among other physiological attributes, dogs are an efficient and economical asset when surveying protected species.

Emily is an accredited Conservation Detection Dog Handler certified under LANTRA. She has a BSc in Wildlife Conservation and over seven years of working in the conservation sector and three years' experience as an ecological consultant and operating conservation detection dogs. She is also an instructor for new handlers and dogs entering the field, and works closely with other members of the Ecology Detection Dogs Britain and Ireland Working Group. More information on training and methodology can be provided on request.


All of our dog teams are regularly tested in efficiency trials and these can be carried out by clients on request.

Imprint Ecology can provide an experienced detection dog team UK-wide for the following:

  • Protected species surveying and monitoring (current projects: water voles, bird and bat carcasses). Emily holds a Natural England A37 licence to possess dead bats for the purpose of conservation dog training

  • Participation in PhD/research projects

  • Demos, talks and lectures

  • Voluntary surveys for NGOs/monitoring surveys

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Bat and bird carcass

Covering large areas of ground quickly and efficiently, dogs are the best solution for finding bat and bird carcasses beneath wind turbines.


Water vole

Dogs are an effective tool for finding water vole latrines along river and pond banks, especially in thick vegetation and hard-to-reach areas.



Got a research or bespoke project that needs a conservation dog to search for a particular plant or animal? We would love to help. Please get in touch. 

Case Studies


June 2022

Water vole reintroduction feasibility study


May 2022

Water vole presence / absence surveys

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