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Beatrix Potter Bat Competition

Bats by Beatrix Potter (courtesy of The Armitt Trust)  

Winners announced!

Beatrix Potter wrote stories about many little creatures....from mice and rabbits, to chipmunks and frogs - but there was never a bat....or was there

The Bat Conservation Trust found some bat drawings and paintings by Beatrix Potter in a museum, which got us thinking....did she have a bat story in mind after all?

We thought such beautiful batty images deserve a story, so we invited young people everywhere to use their imagination and write the opening paragraphs of a Beatrix Potter tale.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the competition - judging was not an easy task!

And the winners are.....

Up to 11 years: Nine-year-old Sarah Lock from Northumberland, with her colourful story ‘The Tale of Robinson Bat’.  

12-16 years: Philippa Clarke, aged 13, of North Yorkshire, with her imaginative opening paragraphs to ‘The Batty Tale’.


Read the winning entries (PDF)

Both stories will be on display at the National Trust’s Beatrix Potter Gallery in Cumbria from 29th March until 18th April 2010.  The stories will also be published in The Young Batworker and Bat News. Sarah and Philippa will receive a range of batty prizes, including a bat detector courtesy of Alana Ecology.  

Runners up

Up to 11 years:
Alicia Howard, aged 10 from Sydney, Australia, for ‘Lady & Pipi’
Emily Body, aged 8 from High Peak, for ‘The Tale of Bertie Bat’ 

12-16 years:
Rebecca Finding, aged 12 from Essex, for ‘The Tale of Bertie Bat’ 
Lauren Smith, aged 13 from Essex, for ‘The Tale of Billy Bat’

The runners up will receive a bat pin badge and a bat book.

Entries were judged by Mrs Judy Taylor-Hough, Chair of the Beatrix Potter Society from 1996-2009, author and bat enthusiast Michael Baron, and Shirley Thompson of Bat Conservation Trust.                         

If you want to find out more about bats or are keen to get involved, why not join our Young Batworker's Club?


Find out more

'Explore the World of Bats' order form (79 KB) - 29/10/08
Print off and complete the form to order your copy of ''Explore the World of Bats'

Membership Form (179 KB) - 26/08/09
Bat Conservation Trust membership application form (intended for double-sided printing on A4 paper)

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