Created Dec 2016

You can get a lot 0f experience while joining surveys with us. See Getting Involved

But for those of you who get thoroughly infected with the bat enthusiasm virus there  is also an opportunity to attend specialised training sessions.

We tend to organise these in response to specific demands and have a number of such events planned for 2017. (See April newsletter)

Because we have close links with the Cambridgeshire Group we are holding a mumber of joint training sessions this year.

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Sunday 5h May 2017 at Brampton Hall Cambridge. For details see the Jan 2017 newsletter article18adrian-flapjack Contact Rachel Bates  at

Want to know what bats come to your garden?

Or which ones visit you when you are night fishing?

Or skulk in the woods near your house. This is your opportunity to find out.

For more information about Pinpoint Bat see


At its simplest this will involve making recordings and letting us do the rest (see the January issue)04-5pinpoint-bat-timid. Some of you may want to get more involved by analysing sonograms.

We have organized two training sessions in Parkside Hall Ampthill. We have chosen this venue as it is in close proximity to Ampthill Park, which is a good site for bats.

Training sessions

1.An Introduction to bat detectors Wed 12th April 2017 19.30 to 21,20pm

Bob will involve a brief explanation of how bat detectors work. We will have a number of types of detector and you are welcome to bring yours along. You will be shown how to set up the Peersonic Bat Recorder and a handheld GPS unit and then go nto the nearby wood to have a practical session

This would also suit people who are new to bats and bat detectors.

2. An introduction to sonogram analysis. Thursday  4th May 2017 19.30 to 21.30pm

This is again based at Parkside Hall, but will not involve an outdoor component. We were going to run this session for people unable to make the same course last year, but it is open to any-one.

Bob will do some basic theory on bat calls and sonograms. Then you will be set free on some recordings (including some made in Ampthill Park at the previous session.) We will be using a free software program called TF32, which you can download onto your computer.

You need to bring your own laptop,and a power cable. (if you do not have a laptop we may be able to lend you one for the evening).

Tea and coffee and of course cake will be made available at both sessions.


There will be a limited number of places. Please contact Bob at For the second session let him know if you have a laptop.

If we have excessive demand we will try to organize additional sessions

Tea ,coffee and the inevitable cake will be provided

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