Our PhD student, Rob Chandler, attended the UK National Bat Conference 2022, held on 23-25 September, at the Yarnfield Park Centre near Stafford. The National Bat Conference is the biggest event in the bat calendar and an excellent opportunity to hear from and connect with experts from across the UK. This year’s event saw over 200 delegates including professionals, amateurs and non-specialist audience who have a passion for bats.
Rob had the opportunity to network with like-minded people and discuss his PhD research on detecting sounds in three-dimensional space. Ecologists and specialist equipment suppliers welcomed the development of such novel device, and the Bat Conservation Trust technical panel contributed to Rob’s study by advising on their use of infrared cameras in bat survey work.
Rob looks forward to presenting his apparatus and method for detecting a free flying echolocating bat at the following 2023 conference, which will doubtless become a useful tool for scientist and activists working on the conservation of bats and other wildlife.