WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The Frontier bat conservation project allows you to work with expert scientists to conserve bats in rural Malawi, where they are considered pests and are persecuted as such. The aims of the project are to protect bats and make sure that they are taken into consideration in conservation management plans in national parks and beyond. Bats are a crucial part of Malawian, and African, biodiversity and need protection.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
From your base on a riverside research camp, an office in African paradise, you will help conduct a national bat monitoring programme, in which your time will be spent helping the scientists with field research and community education and awareness.
Methods including bat trapping, acoustic monitoring, creating bat guides, roost surveys, assessing habitats, insect sampling, monitoring small mammals and radio tracking will all be employed by you and the team to learn about and monitor the bats of Malawi.
As well as field research, another important aspect of the project is community education and awareness and other important activities include marketing and fundraising. Surveys are conducted throughout the park from various field sites, with the result that the biodiversity sampling allows for plenty of exploration. The work also includes asking questionnaires and carrying out surveys in the local communities living in the villages surrounding the park.