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The Batcorder System Bundle includes everything you need to record and automatically analyse bat calls. Included in the bundle is:
Batcorder and accessories
For more information on these items please click on the links above. For a better understanding of how to use the Batcorder and software to perform both automatic and manual analysis see the NHBS blog entry below;
Batcorder: 5 easy steps to automatic bat identification
Find out about the key benefits of the Batcoder System here
I am a senior lecturer in Biology at the University of Bristol working in bioacoustics. For the last four years I have been using ecoObs Batcorders for bat monitoring in the field with great success. I have chosen this system because of the quality of the recordings, which are full 16 bit 500 kHz real time. Recording full information helps to identify calls of low amplitude and also allows call analysis and automatic species identification at an advanced level (I use AVISOFT SASlab Pro and have not used the EcoObs Batcorder automatic identification software yet because it only covers Europe and because I do not have a Mac. I have seen it perform though and was impressed). The downside of recording in full quality is that the data volume is rather high, but then hard drives have become so affordable that this is no issue anymore. The biggest memory card I have used is 16GB (can handle more), which is enough for thousands of bat passes. The setup in the field is very straightforward, the hardware is sturdy, reliable and comes camouflaged. Like comparable systems it triggers automatically upon reception of a passing bat. What has turned out to be extremely useful is its automatic noise rejection, which means it will not trigger if it picks up an insect, but it does recognise all bats! This feature really works and prevents filling the memory card with bushcricket song in summer. The batcorder is powered from rechargeable batteries which last several nights (depending on outside temperature and age and also on how many hours per night you program it to switch on). I also frequently use it as a handheld recorder. It is not a bat detector though so don't expect a headphone output. In summary, the features of the batcorder hardware make it my first choice for acoustic monitoring of bats and it always works even after three long seasons in the Negev desert.
Dr Marc Holderied
Bristol University Bat Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab
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