Calling in the Dark: A talk on the Bailiwick Bat Survey & Sound Identification
July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
We are delighted to announce that Phil Atkinson will be giving on talk on Tuesday 27th July, 7:30pm at the Frossard Theatre, Candie Museum entitled ‘Calling in the dark – sound identification of nocturnal wildlife & the Bailiwick Bat Survey’.
For many years, the surveying of nocturnal wildlife using sound recorders has only really been available to specialists but recent technological advances in both sound recording equipment and the automated identification of sounds have opened up the possibility of large-scale citizen scientist surveys of nocturnal wildlife.
In this presentation, Phil will outline how BTO has developed the large scale recording of nocturnal wildlife by citizen scientists into regional surveys, and will describe the initial Norfolk Bat Survey project and how this launched a number of other regional surveys across the UK leading up to the most recent one, the Bailiwick Bat Survey. Stuart Newson will also be joining via zoom.
It is not just bats that produce ultrasound at night. Species like bush crickets are considered a nuisance by some bat workers as they produce ultrasound all night and can fill up memory cards. Small mammals and even moths will also produce ultrasound, which we see as an opportunity to record and identify these other types of wildlife.