Bat Remote Monitoring
Remote monitoring of bats, also known as Anabat Surveys, are undertaken by CEC across Cornwall and Devon. It is a versatile tool that can be used to identify whether buildings/structures are used as night/feeding roosts and can also be used to identify other features in the landscape (such as hedges) that are used by bats, and identify species.
CEC have a large resource of remote monitoring equipment for bats, which means that when remote monitoring is required, we can offer this equipment to a large number of clients at the same time.
They can be programmed to turn on and off at certain times, so they can be set to come on just before sunset and off at sunrise to maximize battery life. With an external battery fitted, they can operate for up to two weeks without needing a visit to change the battery.
When the units are collected, the bat ecologist will analyse the recordings using specialist software to determine species and activity levels at the site. The detectors also record date and time of each bat registration, allowing detailed analysis of when bats use the site/features.