BatFest events

BatFest offers a range of events and activities exploring the world of bats and celebrating these remarkable animals. Whether you are someone who doesn't know a bat from a bird, a family who wants to learn more about the bats you've noticed in your garden or a bat worker with 20+ years experience - you are invited to join the fun!

In 2021, we are also celebrating 30 years of BCT protecting bats so there are some extra special events coming up! #30YearsBats

BatFest events - click the links to find out more and book

Virtual bat walk - Saturday 28 August 2021

RHS Hilltop: 30 years of gardening for bats - Tues 31 August 2021

2pm at RHS Wisley - Hilltop Atrium, Shirley Thompson MBE (Honorary Education Officer at BCT) will be talking about gardening for bats and her life in bat conservation and Steve Roe (BCT Trustee) will be talking about how to detect bats in your garden and what we are still learning.

In collaboration with The Royal Horticultural Society

Batty Sketch-a-long - Monday 01 September

  • Would you like to learn to draw a bat? Are you a budding nature artist or has it been so long since you sat down to draw, you've forgotten which way up to hold a pencil?! Whatever your artistic skills, everyone is welcome to join us for our fun and friendly Batty Sketch-a-long where we will talk you through how to draw a bat, as well sharing fun facts about bats and their anatomy
  • Sponsored by Vistry Group

Discover your local bats workshop - Monday 06 September

  • Explore the wonderful world of bats! Join the experts from the National Bat Monitoring Programme to find out which bats are in the UK, how they are surveyed, and where you can find these amazing animals in your local area. It will show you how to carry out your first bat count and ways in which you can continue to develop your skills
  • Sponsored by Vistry Group and Wildlife Acoustics

Bat Workers Forum - Tuesday 14 September

  • The Bat Workers Forum (BWF) is an annual meeting open to anyone interested in bats, regardless of experience.

Bats and Moths evening - Thursday 16 September

  • At night, the air can be busy with a variety of flying creatures and tonight we will be learning more about both bats and moths, including the tactical arms race going on between predator and prey. In collaboration with our friends at Butterfly Conservation
  • Sponsored by Highland Titles and Vistry Group

Wildlife Gardening Show and Tell - Wednesday 22 September

  • Hear from some of the experts on how to encourage more wildlife into your garden, tips and advice on planting and other garden features that wildlife will love.
  • Sponsored by Animal Friends and Vistry Group

Bat Care for non-bat carers - Tuesday 28 September

  • Tips on what to do if you find a grounded or injured bat, how to keep yourself and the bat safe, emergency first aid and how to get expert help
  • Sponsored by Highland Titles and Vistry Group

Batty Awards for Talent and Achievement - Awards Evening - Thursday 30 September

  • Join us for a unique awards ceremony celebrating a range of people, their skills and the contribution they have made to the world of bats. Awards include Best Impression of a Bat, Batty Laureate prizes (Adult and Young Person categories) and the Weirdest Bat Find.
  • We will also be inducting some significant figures to the Bat Towers Virtual Hall of Fame in recognition of their contribution to bat conservation.
  • Sponsored by Vistry Group

For details on how to nominate someone for a Batty Award click here


Animal Friends, Highland Titles, Vistry Group and Wildlife Acoustics

Sponsorship of BatFest Events

We are grateful to all our BatFest Sponsors: Animal Friends, Highland Titles, Vistry Group and Wildlife Acoustics.

There are still a number of co-sponsorship opportunities for the different BatFest events, if you'd like to raise the profile of your organisation at one or more of these events, contact Naomi Webster

You can download the sponsorship brochure here.