Bat monitoring involves the observation and recording of bat populations in order to better understand their behavior, distribution, and population trends. This can be done through various methods, such as visual surveys, acoustic monitoring, and mist netting. Acoustic monitoring, in particular, is a commonly used technique that involves recording the echolocation calls of bats to identify species and estimate population numbers. Bat monitoring is important for conservation efforts, as it allows researchers to assess the health and status of bat populations, identify threats to their survival, and develop strategies for their protection.
Check out the fantastic website and get involved with Bat Monitoring: https://www.ratpenats.org/en/species/barbastella-barbastellus/ This initiative includes 4 different protocols: the ChiroRivers, the ChiroHabitats, the ChiroBoxes and the ChiroRoosts. Each one of them has been specifically designed for monitoring a certain group of bat species, either forest-dwelling, cave-dwelling or urban-dwelling species. The combination of all 4 monitoring programmes provides a complete image of the health status of all bat species populations.
If you find a bat at home, in a cave, church or grounded, or you identify it through your acoustic detectors, do not hesitate to send the record! https://www.ratpenats.org/en/sightings/