Pete Guest Award
This award is given in memory of Pete Guest who was an inspirational figure in the bat conservation movement for more than 20 years. Each year, the bat world is invited to nominate individuals who have made an outstanding practical contribution to bat conservation.
The criteria for the award includes: dedication, innovation, enthusiasm and inspiration in making a difference, both to bats and to people, helping make BCT's vision become a reality.
Daniel Hargreaves won the 2012 Pete Guest Award and was presented with the trophy at the National Bat Conference.
In nominating Daniel, Tony Moulin of YACWAG said that "Daniel’s enthusiasm is infectious to people of all ages. Whether it is education, technical expertise or bat care, Daniel’s work for bats is tireless. His dedication is often described as ‘incredible’ and as his work is completely voluntary it is in the tradition of those old amateur naturalists whose enthusiasm founded nature conservation in Britain."
- 2011 Peter and Maggie Andrews
- 2010 Roger Ransome
- 2009 Sue Swift
- 2008 Tom McOwat
- 2007 Phil Birkinshaw
- 2006 John Haddow
- 2005 Phil Richardson
- 2004 Tony Hutson
- 2003 Jenny Clark*
- 2002 Shirley Thompson*
* BCT set up an award for “Outstanding voluntary contribution to bat conservation” in 2002. Shirley Thompson received the award in 2002 and Jenny Clark in 2003 – they both received a framed picture. Following Pete’s death, the trustees proposed a new award in Pete’s name for outstanding practical contributions to bat conservation as a way of honouring his contribution to bat conservation. They also proposed that a formal trophy be sculptured for this award. This then replaced the award set-up in 2002.
Nominations for the 2013 award will open late spring 2013.
Once the nomination process has been completed individuals are be able to vote by email or post.
Presentation of the Award
The award is formally announced and presented to the winner (if in attendance) on the Sunday of the National Bat Conference.