Data from: High detectability with low impact: optimising large PIT tracking systems for cave-dwelling bats

Emmi Van Harten, Terry Reardon, Linda Lumsden, Noel Meyers, Thomas Prowse, John Weyland & Ruth Lawrence
Passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag technology permits the ‘resighting’ of animals tagged for ecological research without the need for physical re-trapping. While this is effective if animals pass within centimetres of tag readers, short-distance detection capabilities have prevented the use of this technology with many species. To address this problem, we optimised a large (15 m-long) flexible antenna system to provide a c. 8 m2 vertical detection plane for detecting animals in flight. We installed...
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