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3rd October 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bat Box Checking

Would you like to get to know bats those mysterious fly-by-night creatures?

Well you can. Enquire about joining Bat Buddies with Peter West, contact details below.

We host bat talks, bat walks and look after bats by providing bat boxes.


We have an event coming up on Thursday 3rd October which is to check and clean out our bat boxes for 2020.

We have over 80 boxes to check for the presence of bats at Broadfields Farm and Bonnetts Wood. When we find one it has to be identified for species and sex, weighed and its forearm measured. This requires careful handling for which one has to be licensed.and which you can learn to do with Bat Buddies.

More often than not there won’t be a bat at home, then the boxes just need cleaning out particularly of blue tit nests. To dissuade the tits we have some bird boxes to put up alongside the bat boxes. This is a lot of work. It involves getting up ladders, clearing undergrowth, carrying stuff around and keeping records – a variety of tasks. 

The party will meet 9am at the visitor centre and work till 3pm.

Interested then contact peterwest501@btinternet.com.



Thames Chase Visitor Centre
Thames Chase Visitor Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane
Upminster, RM14 3NS United Kingdom
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01708 642970