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Taking part - beginners

Taking Part in Surveys

Surveying at sunset (J Agate)Beginners

You don't need to be a bat expert to help us monitor the UK's bat populations as we run surveys that are suited to various levels of experience. The simplest is the Sunset / Sunrise Survey which involves going out at sunset and/or just before sunrise to look for bats 'swarming' at roost entrances. Alternatively, if you have bats roosting in your house, or you know of a local roost, you can take part in the Roost Count which involves counting bats as they emerge at sunset. (More advice on bat roosts in your house.)

More advanced surveys

You might also like to consider taking part in our bat detector surveys. These are a bit more advanced and require access to a bat detector. The simpler of these two surveys is the Waterway Survey which just requires you to count Daubenton's bats as they skim over the surface of the water. The Field Survey is for more experienced surveyors who are able to identify noctule, serotine, common pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle in the field. If you have access to a frequency division detector (such as the Duet) and a digital recording device, you can take part in the Woodland Survey which focuses on the rare barbastelle. If you are interested in improving your skills we run bat detector workshops, so that volunteers can take part in our field surveys.

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