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Citizen scientists - Bat detection study

The Alcathoe bat. Photo credit Cyril SchonbachlerThe Alcathoe bat. Photo credit Cyril Schonbachler

Calling all bat-lovers! Join in the search to identify bats in the North York Moors and Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding National Beauty

There are 18 species of bats known in the United Kingdom and with the help of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), we have identified 10 of these species in the Ryevitalise area. One particular species identified, the Alcathoe bat, was first discovered in this country in 2010 and is now one of Britain’s rarest mammals.

But now we need your help to identify bats in the Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership Scheme area!

As part of the Ryevitalise project (supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) and thanks to additional funding from CLIF Bar, a number of ‘wildlife acoustic detectors’ have been purchased for use by volunteers.  These detectors can be booked online and allow participants to contribute valuable data to the project.  The research is at the forefront of wildlife acoustic detection and is part of an innovative national study being led by the BTO.

To take part, volunteers simply need to do the following:

  1. To book a square, simply visit the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) website and select a 1km grid squared within the River Rye catchment area
  2. Once you have received email notification from the Ryevitalise staff, visit the Sutton Bank National Park Centre to collect your bat detector
  3. The information provided will show you how to set up the equipment and where in your grid this should be done
  4. Simply leave the detector for four nights, collect it after and then upload the data before returning the kit to Sutton Bank

Map showing squares in BTO booking system

Your results will be given in a summary table which details what species were recording during their study.

Good luck, we hope you are as excited as us to see the results of the 2022 bat survey!