About Us

Open Acoustic Devices

Open Acoustic Devices is the trading name of Open Conservation Technology Limited; a UK-based company that designs, supports and deploys open-source acoustic hardware and software for our user community, as well as our own environmental and wildlife monitoring projects.


Our main product is AudioMoth, which has been used in multiple applications, including automating the search for an elusive insect species, monitoring poaching by gunshot and listening for ultrasonic bat calls.


Our goal is to improve the accessibility and usability of acoustic technology for conservation using open-science. 

Thinking of writing AudioMoth into a proposal? Contact us for help putting it together.

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You can contact the team here theteam@openacousticdevices.info and follow what we do on Twitter here @OpenAcoustics.

How we started

Open Acoustic Devices started as a research project at the University of Southampton. Our original project was the monitoring of anthropogenic disturbances in the tropical forests of Belize. AudioMoth was deployed to detect the sound of shotguns in order to identify poaching hot-spots in nature reserves. You can participate in the analysis of data from that deployment here.

Dr Jake Snaddon

Environmental Scientist

University of Southampton

Dr Evelyn Piña Covarrubias


University of Southampton

Patrick Doncaster

Professor of Ecology

University of Southampton

Lydia Katsis

Postgraduate Research Student

University of Southampton

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