PLANNING YOUR SURVEY
Your Survey Site
You will be assigned a 6 figure grid reference on a stream/river/canal
near your home. The majority of sites are assigned from a list of sites
that have been surveyed as part of the Environment Agency's River Habitat
Survey and therefore have useful habitat data that can be analysed in
relation to the bat activity data. You will normally only be asked to
travel within a 10km radius from the address that you give to us (either
your home or work address).
To get a true picture
of the population across the UK it is important not to deliberately choose
sites where bats are known to be abundant.
If surveyors chose their own sites where they knew they would find bats
it would appear as if they were present in large numbers in every square
in the UK, and we would not be able to detect population changes.
Sign up for the survey
Your survey pack will contain the resources that you will need for the
Waterway Survey including:
• survey instructions
• survey form
• spot description & landowner form
• landowner letter
• sunset timetable
• health & safety guidelines
• field card
Please note that
the Bat Conservation Trust is able to loan bat detectors but we have a
very limited supply and can only loan them to volunteers taking part in
You will also receive a map reference or map in your pack.
If you are assigned a NEW SITE that has not been surveyed before you will
receive two or more six figure map references to choose from.
If you are assigned a REPEAT SITE that has been surveyed before by another volunteer, you will receive a map with a route already marked on it and information to help you find your way around that route.