A new version of the 'Within Night' Ecobat is now available on the main Mammal Society website. The new version aims to be more user friendly and fixes some report issues. You can learn more about the app and try it out here

Why is Ecobat useful?

Ecobat is a web-based tool supporting evidence-based decision-making by offering a standardised method of interpreting bat activity data.

Previously there was no way of interpreting bat activity data in context, for example 100 bat passes could be interpreted as either high or low activity depending on context.

Bat flying over water by Ben Porter

What are percentiles? 

Percentiles provide a numerical indicator of the relative importance of a nights’ worth of bat activity by comparing it with a national database.

For example, activity data in the 80th percentile would indicate that the recorded data were in the top 20% of activity for the reference range. 

What output will I get? 

When you upload within night data to Ecobat, as of spring 2019, you will receive a downloadable CSV file containing generated percentiles for each record.

You will also have the option of conducting a more advanced analysis, which will generate a downloadable, pre-formatted report, containing textual and tabulated summary information, as well as graphical output.

Want to contribute and/or analyse your bat activity data? Log in and deposit your data using the secure uploader, then use our analysis pages to generate your output.

To learn more about the principles behind Ecobat, click here.

To join the Ecobat forum to ask and answer questions, and join in with discussions, click here.