CHAPTER 4 C ATCHING BATS 44 Two-pole flicking In this method, which requires three people, a net is supported on poles at each end and held horizontally and taut by two people (Figure 4.8). Approaching bats can be detected visually by careful positioning of the workers or audibly by setting a bat detector on the ground in front of the net. Often, bats can be attracted by throwing a small pebble in the air. Once a bat is in range, the net is flicked up, following the flight of the bat and ensnaring it. It is important not to increase the tension of the net, or the bat maybe damaged by wings or legs being pulled apart. The third person can extract the bat. This method is very difficult, partly because of the synchronisation required between two people.