Bat radio-tracking in Somerset – interns needed!

Summer 2021: 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.

Bat Volunteering Opportunities in North Somerset

June 2020: This summer the UWE Bat Lab will be conducting fieldwork in North Somerset around two large greater horseshoe bat maternity roosts.

We are seeking volunteers who can commit 1-2 days a week for the duration of the project. The project starts in early July and will involve moving static bat detectors weekly until October. Volunteers will be trained to take standardised measurements of linear landscape features, to set static bat detectors to maximise horseshoe bat audio captures and to use our data recording app.

Volunteers will need to have their own transport and be confident visiting sites, setting out static detectors and taking measurements independently.

Interest in bats and applied conservation research is essential. Experience with bats would be beneficial but is not a requirement. If interested please get in touch with a bit of information about yourself (experience, where you’re based) and your availability: thomas.foxley@uwe.ac.uk.