Thursday 29th August | 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Citizen Science: How to Conduct a Bat Emergence Survey

What is citizen science?

We monitor the biodiversity across the Bore Place estate throughout the year, and we are looking for volunteers to help. Citizen science is when the public contributes to scientific research - you could be a species expert, or just someone with an interest. In 2024 we are offering is a series of FREE training sessions to learn to survey for our six key indicator species in a friendly and relaxed group setting. From there, you can then look to take on regular or ad-hoc voluntary surveys at Bore Place, to contribute meaningful data to our work.

Why have we got six key indicator species?

We are focusing our surveying efforts on a few species (or groups of species) to create a replicable and manageable way to monitor biodiversity at Bore Place. Indicator species give us clues about the condition of their environment, for example pollution or climate change, and monitoring populations of these species helps us to understand the wider health of the ecosystem.

No prior experience or knowledge is necessary. By undertaking our training sessions, you will be creating a team of trained and enthusiastic citizen scientists to help monitor and record the biodiversity at Bore Place - and hopefully beyond!

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Child tickets: FREE

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Thursday 29th August 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Citizen Science: How to Conduct a Bat Emergence Survey

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Join our annual bat emergence survey

Bats aren't actually one of our six indicator species...they're a bonus!
This evening is a bonus in our citizen science series - bats have just proven too popular to leave them out! This will be our third bat emergence survey, and we hope to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones. Please come and help us conduct a bat survey on Bore Place House, our beautiful Jacobean manor house, and other buildings at the heart of the estate. The evening will begin with an introductory presentation and task briefing and then, equipped with your bat detector, you'll be stationed around the site to conduct the survey and record your sightings. No experience necessary!

The data gathered will contribute to our wider understanding of the biodiversity at Bore Place, and will be used in our research. Whilst your time is hugely valuable to us, taking part in any of our citizen science trainings and surveys will give you useful experience you can use elsewhere, too.

Places are limited and must be pre-booked. Please book a child ticket for 16 or 17 year olds.

Important info

  • Suitable for age 16+, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (NB all other citizen science trainings are 18+ only)
  • Dress for the weather (it can get cold) and wear comfortable boots.
  • Bring a folding camping chair.
  • Bring a bat detector if you have your own - we'll provide one if not.  
  • We know this is over dinner time, so please bring something to eat and drink with you. There will be a break after the presentation, before the survey starts.
  • Sorry, no dogs are permitted with the exception of service animals.

Please note that the survey will not go ahead if it is cold, raining or windy (as the bats will remain in their roosts). We will contact participants if this is the case.

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