WREN - Wester Ross Environment Network
 

Bat Detector Workshop

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Anne Youngman from the Scottish Bat Conservation Trust is going to come up to Kinlochewe on Friday 24th May to do a batty 'use your ears' workshop. It will be based at the Scottish Natural Heritage field station and will cover how to listen to/ describe bat calls according to repetition rate, pitch and rhythm. Its aimed at beginners and uses pipistrelle, daubentons, Noctule and serotine calls to demonstrate the differences so it could be an introduction for some and a refresher for others.
The workshop will take about 1.5 hours and this will be followed by a session out of doors listening to calls and practising finding peak frequencies (we have a pip roost here at the office and there should be Daubenton's by the river).
The start time will be 8pm with the option to stay on to practice in the dark. For those of you who have had a long day, you can head home at this point but unfortunately the bats don't come out until it's dark and sunset isn't 'till around 10pm.
Anne is hoping that with your new found skills you will be able to increase the number of people in Scotland recording bats and/ or take part in National Bat monitoring surveys.   
Attendees will learn how to;
·         listen to and describe  bat detector calls ( it’s a bit like wine tasting for the ears)
·         Use a bat detector
·         Tell a feeding buzz from an echolocation call
·         Tell a pipistrelle bat from a Daubenton’s bat

NO previous bat knowledge or experience needed.
Cost – donations - suggested minimum £5.00 (this is to help cover Anne's travel costs)
Start time 8:00pm at SNH Field Station, Kinlochewe
Classroom session – 8:00pm ~ 10:00
Break – bring a snack
Outdoor session  ~10:00 – 11:00 pm – watching pipistrelle bats emerge from a roost , tuning in to their calls , watching and listening for Daubenton’s bats (Optional but the best fun)
BRING – MIDGE REPELLENT ( just in case) , warm clothes, sturdy shoes, torch , notebook  pen/ pencil
Please email to confirm you wish to attend:
nicola.tallach@snh.gov.uk
Tel: 01445 760 254

 

WREN would like to thank the following organisations for their support:
Scottish Natural Heritage
The European Agriculture fund for Rural Development. Europe investing in rural areas
Leader
RSPB
The Highland Council
The Scottish Government

Tom Forrest (Chairman) chair@wr-en.co.uk

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