Bat survey volunteer training

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Date(s) - 8th June 2023
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Creggan Country Park activity centre

Hi everyone,

If you are interested in volunteering with NIBG this year please join us for this heterodyne detector workshop and survey training.

Why this training?

If you have a Magenta bat detector or a Batbox 3, this course is the one for you, so you can get the most out of the device and open up the world of ultrasonic bat detection.
Heterodyne bat detectors are tuneable, so you can identify which frequency sounds are being made at and this is part of the puzzle which is used to identify bats while they are flying and hunting.  They allow the user to identify bats as they are flying and identify their behaviour as well as their species.
Knowing how to use a heterodyne bat detector is the gateway to being able to partake in the national bat survey programmes which are ran through both the Bat Conservation Trust and Bat Conservation Ireland.

Workshop Contents

Please join our North West volunteer Karen Healy for an introduction to bat detecting workshop
The Bat Conservation Trust ‘Using Your Ears’ workshop will take place on:
Thursday 8th June 8pm – 11.30pm
Creggan Country Park (Community Fridge)
196 Westway
1. The indoor session will kick off with a quiz followed by a presentation on bat species in Northern Ireland, echolocation, bat roosts and bat detectors
2. A demonstration showing how to use heterodyne detectors & how full spectrum & static detectors work
3. Practical session will involve a dusk emergence survey and a walked transect around the park
We encourage anyone taking part in our workshop to please sign up as a volunteer in the National Bat Monitoring Programme.
Refreshments provided – please specify dietary requirements & allergies when booking a place


This is a FREE event so booking is essential, please email [email protected], to arrange your place.
This training has been made possible through funding provided by the AXA Parks Fund through Creggan Country Park.

All outdoor events are weather permitting. Suitable for adults and children from seven years up, unless otherwise stated.