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Sound analysis and species identification

Target audience: Ecological consultants - Foundation level

This one-day course is aimed at professionals or interested amateurs and focuses on the analysis of calls recorded on full spectrum, broadband time expansion or frequency division bat detectors. The course looks at analysis and identification of British bat calls using BatSound as the primary software, though the identification features illustrated will apply to a range of different software.

Bat detectors and sound analysis (BCT)

Course content includes:

  • Principles of sound analysis
  • Getting good recordings
  • Identification of UK species from calls
  • Practical sessions in using BatSound*

* NB: Anabat systems and zero crossing will not be covered in this course

Prior Knowledge: Designed as a follow-up to Surveying for Bats.

Equipment: Frequency division/time expansion/full spectrum detectors, recording equipment and laptops.

Professional Training Standards met:
Foundation knowledge 1.2
Preparation & planning of surveys 3.2
Surveying techniques & equipment 4.2

In line with BCT's Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines, 3rd Ed.

2018 dates and venues

Dates Venue Availability
19 October ARUP's offices, London Places available - book here

We can also deliver this as an inhouse course. To discuss your needs and costs for an inhouse course please contact the training team.






£5 for BCT members (Join today to receive your discount!)

A 10% discount is available for bookings of three or more places. This can be multiple places on the same course or booking three or more separate courses. Multiple places must be booked at the same time to receive the discount. To take advantage of this discount you will need to book three or more courses/places through our online booking system, at the payment page select "pay by invoice". Please then contact the training team so that your discount can be applied.

NB: Corporate members may be entitled to additional discounts. Click here for more information on becoming a corporate member


To book

Click here to book your place on the course in London on 19 October 2018

Please note:

BCT does not endorse any of the analysis software programs included within their training courses or conference workshops but values the important contribution they can make to bat conservation. No responsibility can be accepted for any loss or damage to data or unsatisfactory results arising from the use of any analysis software during or after a BCT course or conference workshop.

The use of proprietary and commercial trade names in BCT training or conferences does not imply endorsement of the product, software or technique by event sponsors, funding bodies or BCT.  

Our full terms and conditions can be found here: Terms and conditions 


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