The project was aimed at providing a bat post card to help raise awareness on bats and help collect data on their distribution in Caithness and Sutherland.
The postcard is distributed through the Caithness and Sutherland rangers (taking it to tourist information centres, visitor centres, post offices etc).
The data that we acquire through these cards will then be send to the Bat Conservation Trust and other biological recording centres to go in their data base.
This will help in mapping out the areas in the North Highlands where bats do occur, and hopefully give a better insight in what species we can expect to find.
If people want to, they can opt to get more involved in bat surveys in the North Highlands by ticking a box on the postcards.
In 2011 there was encouraging levels of interest and several individuals have expressed an interest in volunteering to undertake further surveys. We’ll be looking at ways to give training to these people and set them on their way to collect their own data.
Hopefully one of the spin offs of the project is that we can get enough people interested in attending a training day for doing bat surveys.
Also we hope that the data we collect can contribute to our educational events in schools and with the general public.
Download a pdf version of the Bat Postcard.