Surrey Bat Group

Forthcoming Events

Bats & Planning
Bat Workers


Our indoor meetings are held between Ocober and March at the National Trust�s Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, GU1 4RR.
Wharf Road is off Woodbridge Road, on 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 someone will be along soon to open it), along a road over
speed bumps to the car park on the left. We meet in the tearoom there. Meetings start at 8pm.


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. Details will be sent to those on our e-mail list.


During the course of the winter we usually 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.
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.


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.


The group usually undertakes a number of bat surveys each year,  including emergence surveys, trapping and radio tracking. Members will be emailed with dates.
Note that anyone attending surveys involving close contact with bats will likely be expected to be fully vaccinated against Covid and to have a negative LFT within the preceding 24 hours, as well as wearing an FP2 or FP3 face mask when near bats.

We run a beginner�s bat detector training evening each April, along with occasional training in other skills such as radio tracking and use of night vision equipment. currently plan to carry out various activities such as trapping and radio tracking surveys, leading bat walks and promoting bat conservation at various open days etc. We will contact all members by email with details of these as they arise.