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Survey Method
When you have planned your route and walked it during daylight, you are ready to get on and do the survey.

The survey runs annually in July on two separate evenings.

• The first evening should be between
1st – 15th July (period 1)

• The second should be between
16th – 30th July (period 2)

There is a four day period either side of these dates when your survey will still be acceptable. Please leave at least 5 days between each survey night. If you can only manage to do one night then the data is still useful, especially if it is a repeat site, so please don’t be put off.

Walk the whole transect route of 12 walks and 12 spots.

The survey starts with Walk 1. This walk ends at spot 1 where you stop. Carry on with walk 2 to spot 2 and so on. The survey should end at spot 12 which should ideally be as close to the start as possible.

Choose an evening with good weather conditions. If it is very windy bats will not fly as readily and it is harder to hear them.

If it is too cold this will put bats off as insects will not be abundant. Try and choose a warm evening as bats rarely fly in conditions below 7°C. Bats will fly in light drizzle but ideally it should be dry and forecast to stay dry for the evening.

For your own safety do not survey in high winds, heavy rain or cold. Weather pages online are listed at the end of the tutorial.


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