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Bat Detectors

Discover the amazing flying mammals of the night

Rarely seen and often unappreciated there are 18 species of bat recorded in the UK. Bats make up nearly a quarter of all mammal species in the UK.

Find out more about these amazing animals with one of these bat detectors. They can help to identify species by the frequency of calls. The Bat Conservation Trust has a large amount of information available to those wanting to learn more about these fascinating creatures.

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Bat detectors are ideal tools for the ecologist or avid wildlife enthusiast. They help to locate bats during the hours of darkness and can help to identity which species are flying.

The most common type of bat detector which most people will use is the heterodyne type bat detector where you scan through the frequencies to find the calls.

What is the study of bats called?

The scientific name for the study of bats is chiropterlogogy. People who study bats are called chiroptologists.

How does a bat detector work?

A bat detector converts the ultra-high frequency sounds given off by bats into sounds we can hear. The detector will display the frequency that the bats are calling at as this helps identify the bat.

Some bat detectors also feature an oscilloscope where the sounds waves are shown visually.

There are 17 resident species of bats in the UK and 1 migrant visitor species.  The resident bats are:

  • alcathoe
  • barbastelle
  • becstein's
  • brandt's
  • brown long-eared
  • common pipistrelle
  • daubenton's
  • greater horseshoe
  • grey long-eared
  • leisler's
  • lesser horseshoe
  • nathusius' pipistrelle
  • natterer's
  • noctule
  • serotine
  • soprno pipistrelle
  • whiskered

The greater mouse-eared bat is an occasional visitor to the UK.

How to use a bat detector for beginners

This video from the Bat Conservation Trust is an ideal introduction to how to use a bat detector.


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