Surrey Bat Group

Forthcoming Events

Bats & Planning
Bat Workers

We are very sorry to say that all meetings have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 emergency.

ver, we are trying to organise some talks using Zoom. Members on our mailing list will receive invitations to join in advance of each meeting. So if you're not yet on our mail list, do e-mail Ross and Lynn at (delete NOSPAM to e-mail).
We'll post updates on future meetings as soon as things are clearer.


We are very grateful to the National Trust, who usually allow us to hold our winter indoor meetings at Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford GU1 4RR.

Wharf Road is off Woodbridge Road, along the southern side of the cricket ground. Go to the end of Wharf Road, through the National Trust gate on the right (if the gate is locked when you get there someone will be along soon to open it), along a roadway over speed bumps to the car park on the left. We meet in the tea-room there.   All meetings start at 8:00 pm.


18 November 2020 – Conservation of the grey long eared bat, Craig Dunton BCT Grey Long-eared Bat Project Officer – Back from the Brink

17 December 2020 – Tracking the elusive barbastelle, Ross Baker, Surrey Bat Group, and Chantal Helm, Herts and Middlesex Bat Group, compare their groups’ experiences with finding roosts of this rare species in 2019

21 January – The impacts of livestock management on bats and their invertebrate prey, Max Anderson, University of Sussex

18 February – My world of bats, Daniel Hargreaves: Daniel has carried out bat research around the world and taken many extraordinary photos of extraordinary bats, which he will share in this talk

18 March – How does forestry management affect how bats use our woodlands? Ash Murray, Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group


During the course of the winter we carry out a programme of hibernation site checks at various venues throughout the county. Surveys are done during December, January and February.
For conservation reasons places on these visits are extremely limited but please let Ross and Lynn know if you are interested in attending one.

*** All checks are suspended for winter 2020/2021 to avoid the possibility of transmitting Covid viruses to wild bats. We'll post more updates as soon as available. ***

The Box Hill area checks last all day with a pub lunch and comprise Westhumble chalk mine in the morning with Betchworth and Brockham limekilns in the afternoon, and finishing at Box Hill Fort. Godstone is a series of old mines that we usually do without a break over about 4 hours.


We usually run a basic training evening in the spring for those new to bat detecting. Details will be posted here once arrangements have been made.


Surrey Bat Group is often invited to take part in events with a wildlife or conservation theme, usually in the summer. If you can help by manning the Bat Group stand at one of them for part (or all!) of a day please
let Ross and Lynn know.

Event details will be published here as soon as they are known.


The group usually undertakes a number of bat surveys each year.
Let  Lynn and Ross know if you are interested in helping out.


The group has a number of well established bat box schemes in the county and we undertake checks of these periodically in spring and autumn.

Please contact Ross or Lynn if you would like to come along. Details will be sent to those on our e-mail list.


Surrey Bat Group leads a number of bat walks each summer, often for organisations such as the National Trust. They are usually held between May and September.
Members of the public will usually need to book in advance, and they may be charged for attendance, but bat group members with detectors are encouraged to come along and help out.