Smart phones are slowly taking over our lives and there are a bewildering number of apps available to use on them, some more useful than others. Here we present some of our members' favourite apps that have practical uses in day to day batting! The list below is currently for ANDROID apps, and we hope to add iPhone ones soon.
A nifty mapping app called MAVERICKenables you to download and cache OS maps (50km and 25km) and aerial Imagery, before you venture out into the wilds where there is no data network coverage. You can add waypoints, tracks, photos etc, and it even allows you to export your points and tracks into Google Earth.
BatLibis an app that has details of all European bat species, and has heterodyne recordings for most of them. This is a handy reference for calls you are not to sure about, and if played through a pocket travel speaker is handy for use at batwalks etc to demonstrate the different call types
Advanced Tally Counter is a useful In-Out tally that not only records the count, but importantly time stamps each addition and subtraction. It then allows you to email the resulting table to your chosen email address. You can configure the volume buttons to act as + and - too. Surprisingly useful on the emergence counts!
Knowing what time sunset is on a particular day helps in the planning of surveys and bat walks. Sundroid Free Sunrise Sunset does it well, but you will need the pro version to get civil twilight (I just add about 30min from sunset!) Recording Sightings
We have now got our own Worcestershire Bat Group recording app using WildKnowldge, that is akin to our online recording form. Download the WildForm app then email us to get a login. This is a trial at the moment, but it will go live next year (2013).