Devon Bat Survey Coordinator

Devon Wildlife Trust, Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project


Volunteer • Part Time 07812568157 Lizzy Mooney

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 1st March 2018   6 days left

Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project

Working across Devon, the project is looking to secure the future of this species in the county. Ensuring the habitats needed are present, that our bat knowledge is better and that the people of Devon know about the species and so are better able to look after it. One area of this is improving our knowledge, we know a lot about this enigmatic mammal, but there is so much still to learn. Citizen science surveys like our Devon Bat Survey (DBS) will give local communities and individuals the opportunity to play a leading role in increasing our understanding of how the greater horseshoe uses the landscapes around its roosts.

Purpose of your role:

  • Coordinate the Devon Bat Survey (DBS)
  • The DBS will help build our understanding of greater horseshoe bats (GHB) by collecting data from citizen science surveys of bats in Devon.
  • The Project will use this information to help guide its work.
  • Results will feed in to the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre (DBRC)

What the task involves:

Organise the DBS, starting from March, the survey runs from 1st April-31st October including data reporting, liaising with 20 monitoring centres, and supporting volunteers taking part in the survey

  • Preparation and delivery of equipment to Centres
  • Upload data from returned SD Cards for data analysis
  • Analyse the data using filters
  • Create reports for volunteer participants using R Markdown
  • Validate GHB records using Analook
  • Deal with queries from Monitoring Centres and Borrowers
  • The Project Team will support you in your role

Skills and abilities - essential

  • Knowledge of use of spreadsheets
  • Ability in use of technology and technical equipment
  • An interest in bat sound analysis
  • An ability to quickly respond to queries and get back to people


7.5 hours minimum to be spent at Cricklepit Mill, Exeter, EX2 4AB (potential for some homeworking when dealing with queries, manage bookings, etc)

When and how often:

Minimum of 15 hours per week (spread over a number of days) commitment to be agreed with the project team

Expenses/equipment available:

Reasonable mileage as required

What’s in it for you?

  • Experience of running a landscape scale scientific survey project
  • Training will be provided about the DBS, the equipment, and how to upload data and create reports
  • Help us to learn more about bats, especially the greater horseshoe
  • Contribute to the understanding of the county’s bat species and their distribution
  • Increased understanding of bat detector surveys and sound analysis
  • Support a citizen science project

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