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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 2019/20

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 26th September 2019

Brett Lewis: Africa - A Wild Journey!

You have read in our newsletter about the trip Brett and Katheryn made to Africa last year. Come along and see some of Brett's fabulous photographs and hear more about their year long adventure.


Thursday 28th November 2019

Lisa Worledge: The Diversity of Bats: An Exploration of Form and Function

Bats are a truly ancient lineage of mammals. All bats share the basic mammalian body plan. This talk explores the diversity of bat form and function with examples from a few of teh world's 1300+ species.


Thursday 23rd January 2020

Colin Morris: 'My Mistress' - 35 years of horseshoe bat conservation

Colin has been working with Greater horseshoe bats since the mid-1980's, and to a lesser extent, Lesser's since the early 1990's. From adapting and improving existing roosts, to building new sites from scratch, Colin has built up a wealth of knowledge that he freely shares with others. Hear about the trials and tribulations, the success and the failures of just some of the sites he has been involved with.


Thursday 26th March 2020

Danielle Linton

Danielle Linton will be describing what her long term studies of woodland bat box schemes tell us about woodland bat species' social behaviour.


Summer Bat Walks and Activities 2019

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park
Friday 26th July 2019

A bat talk and walk - booking is essential. £3 per person and all proceeds to Kent Bat Group
Please email Countryparks@swale.gov.uk to book.

Abbots Mill, St Radigund's Street, Canterbury, CT1 2AW
Saturday 27th July 2019

Numbers are limited. Adults £4, young person (ages 11-17) £2, Children are free.
Booking essential via: www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/645076

Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre, Sevenoaks Nature Reserve, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3DH
28th August 2019 7:30pm start

An evening bat walk led by Paul Glanfield - with a short talk before venturing out onto the reserve in search of bats. This event is by booking only and is limited to 20 people. Donations appreciated.
Please book by contacting David Nimmo by email: davidwnimmo@tiscali.co.uk.

Abbots Mill, St Radigund's Street, Canterbury, CT1 2AW
Monday 2nd September 2019

Numbers are limited. Adults £4, young person (ages 11-17) £2, Children are free.
Booking essential via: www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/645088

Romney Marsh - Meet at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Booking essential, please email: mail@whitecliffscountryside.org.uk or call: 01304 241806

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park
Friday 13th September 2019

A bat talk and walk - booking is essential. £3 per person and all proceeds to Kent Bat Group
Please email Countryparks@swale.gov.uk to book.

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

25-27th May 2019 - Kent Garden Show

Further details and tickets can be found here: www.kentgardenshow.com/
Kent Bat Group will have a stand at the show, we look forward to meeting you.

30th July 2019 - Batty about Bats! at St George, Ivychurch

Kent Bat Group (with Kent and Medway Biological Record Centre) will be holding a drop in session for ages 0-11 to join us for a fun few hours of bat based crafts and activities to introduce young children to the wonderful bats we have in Kent.

Saturday 10th August 2019 - Art in the Park, Milton Creek, Sittingbourne

Kent Bat Group will be attending the annual Art in the Park family festival at Milton Creek, Sittingbourne with some bat craft activities. We have run popular bat walks there for a number of years and it has been great to see the number and species of bats we record increase as the Park matures. The free event showcases wildlife, art and nature conservation in a lovely setting. If you want to have some batty fun, it would be lovely to see you.
Further details are available at: http://miltoncreek.co.uk/art-in-the-park-2/2019-event-details/

Training Courses and Conferences

28 July - 1 August 2019: 18th International Bat Research Conference

31 August 2019: XXVII International Bioacoustics Congress at the University of Sussex, Brighton

6-8th September 2019: National Bat Conference

November 2020: 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