Using an Android Device on the Big Bat Count

Before the Big Bat Count night

Please join the “Somerset Big Bat Count” project in the iNaturalist App on your Android phone:

  1. In the iNaturalist App, tap the three-line icon (Hamburger) in the top left of the screen
  2. Select “Projects
  3. In the Projects screen, tap the magnifying glass in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. In the “Search projects …” box at the top of the screen type Somerset Big Bat Count
  5. Tap “Somerset Big Bat Count” when it appears below the search box
  6. You should see a screen with bat records in the bottom half. Click the small grey “Join” button to the left just above the bat records.
  7. Check this button has changed to “Leave”, this confirms you have successfully joined the group. Sorry, it is a very small button.
  8. To return home tap the top right back arrow, then the three-line icon (Hamburger) in the top left of the screen, and Explore to see local records.

Recording bat records to iNaturalist during the count

Below is how to record the bat species in the iNaturalist app on an Android phone:

  1. In the iNaturalist App, tap the three-line icon (Hamburger) in the top left of the screen
  2. Select “New observation” at the bottom of the drop-down list, then tap “No Media
  3. Type the name of the bat name using the iNat code from the supplied species lookup table into the “What did you see?” box at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap the desired Bat species when that appears below
    • If the phone does not have an internet connection, the species lookup in iNaturalist will not work, hence type the full species name in iNaturalist into the box manually.
  5. Tap the big green “Tick – Select” button below the bat picture.
  6. On return to the “Edit observation” screen there is no need to select the Project as your observations go into all projects you have joined if they meet the criteria of the project.
  7. Tap the round green tick button at the bottom of the screen to submit the new observation to the iNaturalist database