Our guide to...a Sunset Bat Search
The Bat Conservation Trust's sunset survey is ideal if you've never done any bat recording before - you don't even need a bat detector!
All you need to do is spend an hour at dusk or dawn looking for bats, in your garden, watching from your window, or in your local neighbourhood. You might be surprised to learn that the vast majority of people who do this survey end up seeing bats - it's almost guaranteed! You can also take this opportunity to look for other nocturnal wildlife, like tawny owls, hedgehogs and foxes.
Equipment to Borrow:
Although you don't need a bat detector to do this survey, using one is an easy and fun way of listening to bat calls and can help you identify the bats. You can borrow one from us for free, and we'll provide guidance and instructions on ow to use it. We also have lots of headtorches you can borrow!
The Bat Conservation Trust has a 'Simple Species ID Tips' sheet specifically for the sunset bat survey. It's a great way of learning the key features of each common bat species, including the way they fly, their favourite habitats and how to use a bat detector to find them.
Top Tips for Bat Watching:
- Bats eat insects, which are often more numerous in vegetated areas - so head towards trees or gardens for the best chance of finding them.
- Using a bat detector to pick up bat calls is a great way of letting you know whether there are bats in the area.
- If you're bothered by midges, wear some midge repellent
You can visit the Bat Conservation Trust's website for more information.
We'd love to hear from you...
Get in touch with your findings and let us know what you've seen!
07595 655 174
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve
Largs Road, Lochwinnoch,
Renfrewshire, PA12 4JF