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Kent Bat Group hold and support a variety of events throughout the year. Come and join one of the below events to learn more about bats or the group itself...

Winter Indoor Meetings 2018-2019

Indoor meetings are held at Lenham Community Centre, Groom Way, Lenham, ME17 2QT at 7:30pm

Open to all, a suggested donation of £3 is appreciated to help with running costs of the meetings.


Thursday 27th September 2018 - Lisa Worledge: Bat Evolution

Please note there will be a brief AGM immediately prior


Thursday 22nd November 2018

Fiona Matthews, Chair of the Mammal Society and Professor of Environment Biology, University Of Sussex

Green energy and British bats - Throwing caution to the wind

Fiona will be discussing her research assessing the scale of fatalities at wind turbines, considering the new challenges posed by offshore wind energy developments and commenting on the different approaches to regulation applied in different EU countries


Thursday 24th January 2019

David Hill: Assessing the Autobat acoustic lure as a tool for bat conservation: Very good, but could do better

David, who developed the Sussex Autobat, will illustrate recent work with the Autobat acoustic lure in the USA and Australasia and outline recent experimental work to optimise the Autobat for surveying woodland bats in the UK


Thursday 28th March 2019

Hazel Ryan and John Puckett: Where do Kent's bats go in winter?

Find out about the variety of structures that bats hibernate in, the species we find and how we monitor and protect these sites

Summer Bat Walks and Activities 2018

Westgate Parks, Canterbury
Friday 31st August 2018 7:30pm - 9pm

Cost will be £4 per person.
Further information and details on how to book a place can be found at www.westgateparks.co.uk/events
Suitable for ages 7+, please bring a torch.

Brockhill Country Park, Sandling Road, Saltwood, CT21 4HL
Tuesday 21st August 2018 7:30pm - 9pm

Come with us a for a chance to walk around Brockhill Country Park in darkness, join the Rangers and bat experts to investigate this wonderful park at night. Bring a torch and suitable outdoor clothes. Dogs are not allowed on this walk. £5 per place. Please book via the KCC Country Parks website.

Sevenoaks Local Group Event - Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
Wednesday 29th August starting at 7:30pm

Another of our ever popular walks with an opportunity to see and hear bats on the reserve. A number of bat detectors are available to use and the walk leader, Paul Glanfield, will be on hand to answer all your batty questions.
Appropriate footwear and warm clothing are advised. Bring a torch if you have one.
Booking is essential - Bookings and enquiries to: 07910 506 996 / email: davidwnimmo@tiscali.co.uk

Abbots Mill, Canterbury
Wednesday 29th August 2018 meet at 7:45pm

Limited to 20 places.
Please book here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/kent/abbots-mill-project/late-summer-bat-walk-and-talk-2018/2018-08-29/19:45

Little Burton Lake, Ashford
Thursday 30th August starting at 8:15pm

Limited spaces so please book your place - Tel: 03000 413580 or Email: stour@kent.gov.uk
Enjoy the last days of summer with a walk around Little Burton lake and park. All ages welcome, but children must be supervised by an adult. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a torch. There is no charge for the walk but donations to Kent Bat Group will be much appreciated.

There are often a variety of activities taking place throughout the year, if you would like to volunteer and give your time to bat conservation, please ensure your membership is current (for insurance purposes) and complete this form and return to us.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Kent Bat Group event or activity.

Shows and Other Events

26-28th May 2018 - Kent Garden Show

Training Courses and Conferences

25th August 2018: Introduction to Bat Ecology

10am - 4:30pm £30/person

At Wildwood (in partnership with KBG)

Tutor: Hazel Ryan

Aimed at those interested in bats or just starting out in bat work, this course provides a general background to the ecology and biology of these fascinating mammals with a particular focus on bats in Kent and the work of Kent Bat Group. Includes survey methods, monitoring, bat identification, meeting live captive bats and a visit to our bat flight cage.

Please contact Wildwood if interested in attending

7-9th September 2018: National Bat Conference

10th November 2018: South East Bat Conference

Kent bat group stand
KBG stand at an event - © Shirley Thompson
Kent bat group stand
KBG running a bat walk - © Shirley Thompson