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.

2017 Award Winners!

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for the 2017 Pete Guest Award.

This year’s winners are Donna and Graham Street from the Isle of Wight. Donna and Graham were nominated for their dedication to bat conservation through 20+ years of running the Isle of Wight Bat Hospital, all their bat care and rehabilitation work along with the many education and engagement activities they undertake every year to inspire people about bats.

The full details of the nominations for Donna and Graham, along with that of the other nominees can be read in the nominations document.

Thank you to everyone who nominated people and/or voted this year. A total of 12 bat workers (including three joint nominations) were nominated this year and we received over 200 votes.

Previous Winners

  • 2016 James Shipman
  • 2015 Arthur Rivett
  • 2014 Colin Morris
  • 2013 Maggie Brown
  • 2012 Daniel Hargreaves
  • 2011 Peter and Maggie Andrews
  • 2010 Roger Ransome
  • 2009 Sue Swift
  • 2008 Tom McOwat
  • 2007 Phil Burkinshaw
  • 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.

BCT's Role

Since its inception the award has evolved to its present form via the Bat Workers Forum, and following suggestions from nominees. BCT’s role is only to administer the award, by requesting nominations, overseeing the voting process and presenting the award, but these roles are purely administrative. BCT does not set conditions of who can be nominated, or police the nominations, as they are from those who have been inspired or enthused, and the purpose of the award is to celebrate these people.

BCT does not restrict who can vote for the award but shares the nominations document with bat groups, on the BCT website, in e-bulletins and via social media. Anyone voting will have been reached in some way, directly by their interactions with the nominee and/or by reading the nominations document, sufficiently for them to submit a vote for that person.

If you have any questions about the Pete Guest Award, the nomination and/or voting processes please email Lisa Worledge.