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The secret life of bats: The Parkhurst Forest Bat Project


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The lecture will focus on the engineering and mathematics contribution in revealing the “secret life” of the Parkhurst Forest Bats.

Date and Time

26 February 2014 - 19:30-21:00


Newport, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Solent local network.

About this event

Shortly after the last visitors leave the forest, the least known forest residents start to stir in their roosts ready to start their day as sunset approaches. The Parkhurst Forest Bat Project set out over two years ago to rigorously establish the bat species present and also their use of the habitats within the forest and surrounding area.

The project is a good example of the value of cross discipline science, requiring contributions from engineering and mathematics to identify the bat species from their echolocation call signature, signal processing and cartographic methods to derive the habitat use, and of course, sound ecological practices in the locating the different bats and deriving the habitat models. The lecture will focus on the engineering and mathematics contribution to the project in revealing the “secret life” of the Parkhurst Forest Bats, and along the way, highlight the physical and echolocation call intricacies that evolution has forged for the different species with in order for them to exploit their chosen environment.


Dr Jon Whitehurst CEng FIET


19:00 - Refreshments
19:30 - Lecture starts

Reasons to attend

Although focused on the engineering behind the project, the lecture will be of interest to anyone who wishes learn more about bat behaviour or those who have a general wildlife interest too.

Additional information

Contact:  IET Solent Network Isle of Wight Section

Registration information

Advance registration is not required but it is preferred for catering purposes.


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