Bat radio-tracking in Somerset – interns needed!

The UWE Bat Lab is conducting a greater horseshoe bat radio-tracking study from August-September and needs assistance!

We’re after one or two interns who can commit 6 weeks to the project from mid-August. Interns will gain extensive experience radio-tracking and locating roosts. Interns will also have the chance to get involved in trapping and gain experience handling bats and taking biometrics.

Previous radio-tracking experience is not essential as full training will be provided. Own transport is essential. Work will involve tracking bats all night from dusk until dawn. Tracking will be centred around a number of roost sites in North Somerset, Bath and North-East Somerset and Mendip District, Somerset.

Tracking work is part of ongoing research in the lab, we’re gathering data to ground-validate spatial models of habitat suitability and landscape connectivity that are being developed for Natural England. Models will give Natural England a detailed understanding of how greater horseshoe bats use the landscape across Somerset and will be used to inform local planning and development decisions, to minimise the impact of development on greater horseshoe bats.

If you’re interested please get in touch with your availability: thomas.foxley@uwe.ac.uk.