29. June 2019 - 19:15 till 23:00
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NBMP Introductory Bat Detector Workshop, Margam Discovery Centre, Neath Port Talbot | Margam Discovery Centre | Saturday, 29. June 2019

This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. Bat sounds are broken down into four elements in order to train people's sonic memory and aid species identification using a heterodyne bat detector in the field. The focus is on pipistrelles, noctule, serotine and Daubenton's bat as these illustrate a range of different bat sounds. The workshop will be led by Diana Clark of Koru Ecology Associates.
Please see the workshop outline below.

Discounts available:
£5 discount: Concessions (BCT members/partner bat group members/unwaged) - use code Concession when ordering a ticket.
£10 discount: Available to current NBMP volunteers - use code NBMP when ordering a ticket

7.15pm Arrivals/teas/coffees/biscuits
7.30pm Bat detector workshop - "Using Your Ears"

Heterodyne detectors
Sonic memory and hearing
4 elements

Element 1: Repetition Rate

Recognising repetition rates
Relationship with wingbeat
Body size
Variation in repetition rate

Element 2: Rhythm

Describing rhythms
Rhythms of the species
What can it tell us?
Relationship between wingshape and pulse rhythm

15 minute break - please bring something to eat and drink
Element 3: Tonal quality

Sound "richness"
Call duration

Element 4: Pitch

Why pitch is important
Finding peak frequencies
Round-up & Questions

8.45pm Introduction to the National Bat Monitoring Programme
9.15pm Look at sites that need surveying in region and opportunity to sign up
9.30pm Practical session/bat walk using detectors to listen for bats and practise survey techniques
11:00pm Finish (you can leave earlier if you need to)