Using Bat Detectors

This one day course is aimed at professionals or interested amateurs and offers an introduction to the use of bat detectors for professional bat surveys. The course will cover the different types of detector systems (heterodyne, frequency division, time expansion and full spectrum), the range of detectors available from the different manufacturers, choosing the most appropriate detector for your surveys and how to make recordings. Using real broadcast echolocation calls, this course demonstrates how to perform basic identification in the field such as separating the two common pipistrelles or identifying a Myotis bat. It will also discuss the options available for later software analysis. Finally it will look at record keeping and how to add value to field data through the use of GPS information and Google Earth.

Optional evening bat walk using detectors – weather permitting

Course content includes:

  • What is bat echolocation and why can it be useful in surveys
  • An introduction to bat detector systems
  • Types of detectors available
  • Choosing your bat detector
  • Recording from your detector
  • Options available for software analysis for bat calls
  • Basic bat identification
  • Adding value to your surveys with good record keeping and reporting

Prior knowledge: None

Cost: £165

Discounts: £5 for BCT members, 10% multi-buy discount for 3 or more course places booked at the same time.

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Key Information

Start date:

9th May 2019 at 9:30am




Bat Conservation Trust




Conservation, Ecology, Nature & Wildlife


Juniper Hall, Surrey, United Kingdom