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 include: dedication, innovation, enthusiasm and inspiration in making a difference, both to bats and to people, helping make BCT's vision become a reality.

A total of six bat workers (including a joint nomination) were nominated in 2019 and we received over 230 votes. The 2019 winner was Gail Armstrong of North Lancashire Bat Group. Gail’s utter commitment to bat conservation, her tireless duty to bat care, and her skill as a trainer and wildlife communicator made her a worthy winner.

2020 Nominees and Voting

Nominations are now being taken for the Pete Guest Award 2020.

  • How to nominate someone for the 2020 award: If you would like to nominate a fellow bat worker for the 2020 award, please send their name and a statement of support to Colin Morris

Please note: Nominations will not be accepted without a statement on why you think the person deserves the award (relating back to the criteria stated above). This should be at least 250 words. Please include your name and your bat group or organisation. Details of previous years’ nominations (which include nomination statements) may help with preparing your nomination. If you have any questions about what such a statement should include please get in touch.

  • Deadline for nominations: By 9am on Monday 13th July 2020.
  • Voting: A list of nominees and supporting statements will be circulated to all bat groups and posted on this web page by Monday 20th July. You will then have the opportunity to vote for your preferred nominee (once) via email or post. Voting will close at 5.30pm on Monday 24th August.
  • Announcement of Winner: The award winner will be formally announced at the Bat Workers Forum later in the year (details for this event, which will move online for 2020, are to be confirmed).

If you have any questions about the nomination or voting process please do get in touch with Colin Morris (via email or phone 020 7820 7193).

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