batWoodchester Bat Experiences 2019

Our Woodchester Bat Experiences take place in the evenings and are timed to allow visitors to see the bats leave their roosts when the forage at dusk.

Why Bat Experiences? Your visit to Woodchester Mansion is much more than a walk around the grounds in the dark, with a bat detector and hoping that a bat might fly towards you to activate the detector. We offer a talk about our Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats. You are also able to watch the bats in their roosts on high definition screens in our Bat Observation Room - we have high resolution cameras in the bat lofts and these can be controlled to zoom in on the bats - giving clear and close-up pictures of the bats.

You will learn about the bats with the help of a member of the Gloucestershire Bat Group. Then, as the bats prepare to leave their roosts, we will take bat detectors and go into the grounds of the Mansion to see them leave the building.

Please park in the National Trust car park (fee applies to non NT-members) and meet with a member of Gloucestershire Bat Group by the steps from the car park at the time shown against the date below. You will then walk down a woodland track through the beautiful Woodchester Park to the Mansion - about two thirds of a mile and 250ft of descent. Please wear warm clothes and stout shoes, and don’t forget to bring a torch as you will be walking up the drive in the dark. We do not provide buses on our bat walk evenings.

Bat walks are planned for :

  • 21 June - meet at 8.15pm
  •   5 July - meet at 8.15pm
  • 19 July - meet at 8.00pm
  •   9 August - meet at 7.30pm
  •   6 September.- meet at 6.30pm

There will be a charge of £7.50 per person, including for children.

If you would like more information, please e-mail or call the office on 01453 861541.

Important note: booking in advance is essential, with payment at the time of booking. We limit the number on any bat walk to 15 people. Pease do not turn up without booking - we may not be able to accommodate you. Also, if we have not received any bookings by the Wednesday before the event, the event will not take place.