DKM is inspired by nature and its diversity and respects all forms of life, from the simplest individuals to entire ecosystems.

DKM places itself at the cutting edge of biodiversity conservation and works to a high and consistent standard to deliver scientifically sound products.

DKM seeks to understand the local context, working resourcefully and collaboratively to identify pragmatic and innovative solutions, which support sustainable lifestyles and cultures.

DKM puts people first, listening to ideas and sharing experiences in order to find ways to make optimal use of available resources.


The Nature Conservation Centre (DKM) is a Foundation established in 2004 by a group of experienced ecologists and nature conservationists. These experts, from Turkey and the UK, formed DKM in order to provide a centrally organised pool of expertise and technical capacity for conserving biodiversity in Turkey and the surrounding area.

DKM's members have each had a long involvement in nature and environmental conservation in Turkey, with some individual's active interest and experience both here and abroad stretching back to the 1960s. In Turkey, DKM’s members have worked with government, the private sector, NGOs, research institutions, individual experts and volunteers, carrying out major studies of mountain, forest, wetland and steppe ecosystems.


We monitor wildlife in many areas of Türkiye by using photocatchers.

Photo traps are widely used for monitoring and researching wildlife. It allows us to collect information about wildlife and to understand wildlife by evaluating the data obtained by experts. Photo traps are equipped with motion sensors and are automatically triggered when a living creature passes in front of them, allowing them to take photographs or video recordings. Scientists, conservationists and public institutions use these devices as an effective tool to collect information on animal behaviour, movements and demographic data such as population size. It is a particularly important tool for monitoring large mammal species.

For which purposes are photo traps used?

1. Behaviour Observation
Photocatchers are used to record the behaviour of wild animals in nature. Thanks to their motion-sensitive sensors, these devices can record day and night in photo or video format, and these data are used by experts in studies on animal behaviour (e.g. behaviour of male and female individuals during mating, feeding habits, seasonal and sex-related changes in land use, habitat preferences).

2. Population Studies
Photocatchers are used to monitor populations of wild animals in a given area. These devices provide experts with important information on population dynamics such as mating, birth, survival success, population size, etc.

3. Species Inventory
Photo traps used to monitor wildlife are used to determine the presence and diversity of different species in a given area. This generates data on the health and diversity of an ecosystem.

4. Nature Conservation and Monitoring
Photocatchers are used to protect and monitor wildlife against threats such as illegal hunting or destruction of natural habitats. These devices stand out as an important tool for detecting potential threats and taking protection measures in place and on time.

5. Use of Natural Habitats
Photo traps are used to understand how wild animals use their natural habitats, to understand the functioning of ecosystems and to develop conservation strategies. This provides information on land use and habitat preferences, activity patterns, interspecific interactions and migration routes of large mammal species.

6. Education and Awareness Raising
Photographs and videos obtained from photo traps are used to educate and raise awareness of the public about wildlife and environmental protection issues. Visual materials are effective in supporting conservation efforts by increasing people's commitment to nature.





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