Training: Bat Echolocation Recording with David Martin

6:00pm-7:30pm, 22 September 2021

Echo in the Dark: Bat Events

Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 September 2021

Are you interested in field recording?
Would you like how to learn to us a bat detector?
Can you contribute your bat echolocation calls to artist Hanna Tuulikki’s database?

Join us at Hospitalfield from Wednesday 22 to Thursday 23 September to learn more.

For the development of her new work, Hanna Tuulikki is tuning into more-than-human rhythms and frequencies, to explore the interconnections of bat echolocation and dance music as a model for ecological coexistence. She is beginning to gather an archive of recordings to be made into a public library of sounds, some of which are featured below. From these, Hanna plans to compose a new piece of music that will feature in a performance event next year in Arbroath’s Hospitalfield, as part of their 2022 art programme.

Hanna is currently looking for recordings of UK bat species made in a variety of ways, from heterodyne to time expansion and direct sampling.

Wednesday 22 September

6.00 – 7.30pm

Join David Martin at Hospitalfield to learn how to use the echo meter touch equipment to record your own bat calls. Bats hunt for insects at night, using a high frequency system called echolocation. Bat calls are usually pitched at too high a frequency for humans to hear naturally – but they can be heard or recorded using a bat detector. Individual bat species emit calls with specific characteristics related to their size, flight behaviour, environment and prey types.

Dr David Martin is a lecturer in Life Sciences at the University of Dundee and chair of Tayside Bat Group. He has a strong interest in technology for wildlife monitoring and in rewilding.

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The bat recording lending library will be available to hire equipment from Friday 24 September to Friday 29 October. Subject to details please email for more information.

Equipment and places are limited, please sign up early to avoid disappointment. All ages welcome to attend and please bring a torch and dress for the weather as the ground can be wet and muddy.

By submitting your recording to Echo In The Dark, you are providing the artist Hanna Tuulikki permissions to use your recording as part of the development and outcomes of the public art work Echo In The Dark.

More information on Hanna Tuulikki’s commission here.


Hospitalfield Gardens and Music Room is wheelchair accessible via a ramp into the Gardens and there are wide pathways throughout the Walled Gardens. The grounds are sometimes uneven with a mixture of bark and grass paths. Hospitalfield would like to prepare with you for your visit and give any information which could help, so please do get in touch by emailing or phoning 01241656124. There is accessible parking available on site by the entrance to the Garden.


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