The Mammal Society’s Ecostat will be a collection of tools designed to help interpret ecological data for a range of taxa and species.
Ecobat is the first of the Ecostat tools to be developed, providing a user-friendly online platform for interpreting bat activity data.
Ecobat compares surveys submitted by the user with a national reference dataset and objectively quantifies bat activity levels. It offers a web-based interface for depositing data rapidly and securely, automatically generating a numerical indicator of the relative importance of a night’s worth of activity, by contrasting with a comparable reference range. The output can be used by ecologists to accurately quantify what bat activity means for use during ecological impact assessments.
|To contribute bat data, find out further information, or to assess the activity at your site click here.|
To download the NEW proforma required for uploading WITHIN NIGHT data to Ecobat, click here.
To download the OLD proforma required for uploading PER NIGHT data to Ecobat, click here.
To watch our CIEEM webinar from 11th April, either view below or click here.
Ecobat Chat Forum:
Richardson, S.M., Lintott, P.R., Hosken, D.J. and Mathews, F., 2019. An evidence-based approach to specifying survey effort in ecological assessments of bat activity. Biological Conservation, 231, pp.98-102. Download PDF.
Lintott, P.R., Davison, S., van Breda, J., Kubasiewicz, L., Dowse, D., Daisley, J., Haddy, E. and Mathews, F., 2018. Ecobat: An online resource to facilitate transparent, evidence‐based interpretation of bat activity data. Ecology and evolution, 8(2), pp.935-941. Download PDF
Lintott, P.R. and Mathews, F., 2018. Basic mathematical errors may make ecological assessments unreliable. Biodiversity and conservation, 27(1), pp.265-267. Download PDF
Ecobat is a Mammal Society project in collaboration with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), University of Exeter, National Biodiversity Network (NBN), Bat Conservation Trust (BCT), Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), Heritage Environment Ltd. (HEL), and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).