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Using Bat Detectors

Target Audience: Ecological consultants- Foundation level, interested amateurs wanting to develop their skills and knowledge

This one day course is aimed at professionals or interested amateurs and offers an introduction to the use of bat detectors for professional bat surveys. The course will cover the different types of detector systems (heterodyne, frequency division, time expansion and full spectrum), the range of detectors available from the different manufacturers, choosing the most appropriate detector for your surveys and how to make recordings. Using real broadcast echolocation calls, this course demonstrates how to perform basic identification in the field such as separating the two common pipistrelles or identifying a Myotis bat. It will also discuss the options available for later software analysis. Finally it will look at record keeping and how to add value to field data through the use of GPS information and Google Earth.

Optional evening bat walk using detectors - weather permitting

Bat detecting (Kate Vaughan-Williams

Course Content Includes:  

  • What bat echolocation is and why it can be useful in surveys
  • An introduction to bat detector systems
  • Types of detectors available
  • Choosing your bat detector
  • Recording from your detector
  • Options available for software analysis for bat calls
  • Basic bat identification
  • Adding value to your surveys with good record keeping and reporting


Prior knowledge: None

Equipment: None


This course is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD, this event may be counted as 24 CPD credits.

These credits are valid only if attendees are registered on the Royal Society of Biology CPD Scheme.


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

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

2018 Dates

Date Venue Availability
03 May 2018 Juniper Hall, Surrey Course over


You can also contact the training team if you are interested in an in-house course for your organisation.




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

£25 discount off the combined price if booking this with Bat Ecology and Conservation taking place the next day. For details phone 020 7820 7169

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


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