Record bat calls in your local area and find out what species are in your patch.
Recording bats in your local area
Through WildWatch North Pennines project we are currently piloting a new survey to enable anyone to take advantage of advances in bat detection technology. Anyone will be able to contribute to the collection of information on the distribution of bats in the North Pennines AONB, no prior experience of bat surveying required. We aim to increase interest in bat recording so more data can be gathered for unrecorded areas of the AONB.
Simply borrow an EM3 bat detector from three lending centres distributed across the AONB, follow the simple operating instructions and walk a transect on the footpaths around your house or anywhere else you’re interested in. Return the bat detector and swap over the memory card. The memory card is posted off for analysis and within a couple of weeks you’ll receive a map showing where you recorded bats and what species.
We recommend that you loan the bat detector for one week at a time. Please email your nearest centre with a number of dates you can be flexible with.
Allen Valleys allendale.EM3@paragonecology.co.uk
South Tyne nenthead.EM3@paragonecology.co.uk
Please see links to resources for using an EM3 bat detector below:
- Conduct your survey with at least one other person
- Try and go out just before dusk although different species will forage at different times pre and post dusk
- Ensure you have land owners permission if you are surveying on private land
- As this is a pilot, your transect does not have to be a fixed distance but try and repeat your survey 2 – 3 times in the week you record
- Avoid recording in very wet or cold weather
- Loaning an EM3 is only permissable to those registered as recorders – you can register here WildWatch North Pennines
For more information please go to our devlivery partner’s pages at Paragon Ecology Bats