Paul has worked in conservation for over a decade including completing a PhD on bats in the urban landscape, working as a freelance consultant, and working on the University of Exeter’s National Bats and Wind Turbines project. Paul was awarded the Vincent Weir Scientific Award in 2015 by the Bat Conservation Trust and has published six research papers on bats in the built environment. Ecobat was developed whilst working at the University of Exeter, with funding from Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
Fiona’s work focuses on how modern challenges, ranging from urban expansion and human population increases, to expose to wind turbines and light pollution affect population dynamics. Fiona uses an integrated ecological and epidemiological approach to study species ranging from humans to endangered wildlife.
Sophie completed a Masters degree in Applied Ecology at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus, including an MSc thesis studying bats and woodland management. Sophie began working on Ecobat in 2016, and in October 2017, will begin a PhD studying woodland use by bats in agricultural areas at the University of Stirling.
Emily completed a BSc in Conservation Biology and Ecology at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus with a year of study abroad at Montana State University in the USA. Emily began working as a research technician on Ecobat in January and will begin a Masters + PhD studentship with the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership in October 2017.
The Consultants Portal, developed by the NBN Trust, enables consultants and biodiversity professionals to enter and manage species data online. Records are shared via the NBN Gateway and UK Atlas platforms (e.g. the Atlas of Living Scotland) to support research, education, conservation and decision-making. We are working closely with NBN; data uploaded publicly to Ecobat can automatically be shared with the Consultants Portal.
Ecobat is delighted to be working in partnership with the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT). The BCT are the leading non-governmental organisation focused on the conservation of bats and their habitats and work locally, nationally and internationally to conserve and support bat populations.
Ecobat was developed with and is working as a close partner of the Mammal Society, a charity advocating science and research-led mammal conservation. They encourage research to learn more about the ecology and distribution of mammals, and support a number of projects across the country working to survey, monitor, research and conserve mammals. We hope that the data we collate will assist in increasing the knowledge base about bats, their ecology and their distribution, tying in with the Mammal Society's objectives.
Ecobat works in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), the leading professional membership body supporting and representing ecologists and environmental managers. CIEEM works to advance and uphold standards of practice with the aim of benefitting both the natural environment and society. We are hopeful Ecobat will become a widely-used method of quantifying bat activity among ecologists and environmental managers and therefore fit well with the aims and work of CIEEM.
Ecobat has worked closely with Heritage Environmental Ltd in developing the reference range concept. Heritage Environmental Ltd were working on their own technqiues for the development of an industry-wide standard assessment methodology to quantify bat activity before joining the collobaration with the University of Exeter. Their paper on the subject can be found here.