Low-cost acoustic sensors, together with cutting-edge AI-assisted sound identification tools, offer the opportunity to undertake large-scale acoustic monitoring of bats in woodlands for the first time.

Forestry England and the Bat Conservation Trust undertook a groundbreaking pilot in South-West GB to explore the ability of this emerging technology to inform natural capital accounting and woodland condition monitoring.

The data collected by this pilot are the largest, most comprehensive and attribute-rich dataset of woodland bat records ever compiled by the Bat Conservation Trust. This data will contribute to conservation efforts and help us discover more about the bats living in the nation’s forests.

Download the pilot summary report

Forestry England Bat Survey