Southern Scotland Bat Survey

The Southern Scotland Bat Survey wants your help! This project was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage, and is being conducted by the British Trust for Ornithology in collaboration with several other organisations. We are rolling out this survey across the whole of southern Scotland from the Kingdom of Fife to the Mull of Galloway and anyone can take part, whatever your level of knowledge about bats. In fact, taking part in this survey could be a great way for you to learn more about the bats in your local area.

To achieve this, we have set up a number of Bat Monitoring Centres across southern Scotland, from which you can borrow equipment for a few days to take part in the survey. In return we will let you know what species were recorded. The survey season runs from May until the end of September, so plenty of time to take part.

We are limited by the number of detectors, so if you are interested you need to be quick in expressing interest and reserving your 1-km square  to survey. Once you have reserved a square, you will be able to reserve a detector to use.

Please note that this survey requires three different points (ideally at least 200-metres apart) to be surveyed ideally on consecutive nights within a 1-km square (survey methods), but we allow for some flexibility in remote areas. To choose a survey square please go to the sign-up map.


If you have any queries about the project or equipment, please email us on: ssbatsurvey@gmail.com