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.

2021 Voting

Voting is now open for the Pete Guest Award 2021.

Nomination - now closed for the 2021 award.

  • The process to nominate a fellow bat worker was: please email their name, bat group or organisation and importantly a statement of support (see note below) to Abby Packham at batgroups@bats.org.uk. Please also include your name and bat group in the email. Please note: Nominations cannot be accepted without a statement of at least 250 words on why you think the person deserves the award (relating back to the criteria stated above). Last year’s statements of support can be read further down this page to use as examples.
  • Deadline for nominations was 9am on Monday 12th July 2021.

Voting for a winner

A list of nominees and supporting statements will be circulated to all bat groups and posted on the BCT website by 16th July 2021. Voting will be done through an online form and is limited to one vote per person. Voting will close at 9am on 27th August 2021.

Before voting please read the supporting documents which can be found HERE.

Congratulations to the nominees, your enthusiasm and dedication has inspired those around you:

  • Tony Atkinson
  • Roger and Sylvia Jiggins
  • Nik Knight
  • Tricia Scott
  • Edward and Helen Wells

Announcement of winner

The award winner will be formally announced at the Bat Workers Forum on 14th September 2021. Due to this being a virtual event, the award itself will be delivered to the winner after the announcement.

Please note the option of postal nominations and voting have been removed this year due to remote working.

The 2020 Award

Thank you to everyone who provided nominations and/or taken the time to vote. A total of 10 bat workers (including a joint nomination) were nominated in 2020 and we received over 510 votes. The 2020 winner was Michelle Young of Gloucestershire Bat Group and Evesham Bat Care. Michelle's commitment to bat conservation and her tireless duty to bat care, made her a worthy winner.

The list of nominees and the statement(s) of support for 2020's nominees can be found if you click here.


If you have any questions about the Pete Guest Award please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing Abby Packham the Bat Groups Officer.

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