bat sound analysis course

Anabat and Analook Training Course April 14th 2018

An Introduction to the Anabat Express and Analook Software April 14th 2018

This course, which is aimed at beginners and intermediate users, and aims to give participants the knowledge and skills to use the Analook software to analyse recordings and present the findings of automated surveys using the Anabat Express bat detector.

The course requires only a very basic knowledge of bats and bat ecology, and starts with an introduction to sound, and how we can use that knowledge to interpret our findings. After looking, briefly, at the Anabat Express itself, we then move on to the main part of the course, using the Analook software to manipulate recordings, identify species and analyse our findings, finally exploring the use of filters to help automate that process.The identification features illustrated will apply to a range of different software.

Course Outline:

  • Bats and Sound – An introduction to sound, how bats use it, how it is effected by the environment and what implications that has for us when we .come to try and make sense of what we have recorded.
  • The Anabat Express – A brief introduction to the Anabat Express and how to use it, with a few tips and thoughts for efficient use.
  • Analook Software – An introduction to the software that we use to analyse Anabat recordings. Specific areas covered are:

– Set up and customisation of the software
– Downloading data, including GPS referenced files
– Viewing, reviewing and moving through files,
– Managing, marking and manipulating files,
– Tools to aid species ID

  • Species Identification – An introduction to species ID using Analook. Based around recordings of a dozen or so species, we look at the tools we have to identify bats, some of the
    pitfalls and how we can report our findings.
  • Count Labels – Exploring how, once you have labelled all your files, you can produce the data to support analysis and reporting (so species seen by time period over the night,
    for instance).
  • Filters – An introduction to filters and how to use them to automate species ID and speed up analysis (and some of the pitfalls associated with that).

The course will be delivered by Anabat expert Nick Tomlinson and will be entirely office based, held in our office in Cardiff Bay.

  • The course will cost £110.00 per person.
  • The course runs from 9.30 am until 5.00 pm with a break for lunch and mid-morning breaks for tea and coffee.
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided – please bring your own packed lunch.
  • All attendees will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

Participants will need access to a wi-fi enabled laptop, as around 75% of the course is hands on, using the software in real time, but all software, files and handouts will be supplied. In the event that you do not have access to your own laptop we have a few spare ones which can be used. A mouse is also highly recommended.


Contact us on 029 2065 0331 or enquiries@acerecology.co.uk for more information or to enrol. Please click below to see our other upcoming courses.

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