Nocturnal explorers are being invited to grab their torches and wrap up warm on an RSPB guided bat evening at Westonbirt Arboretum.

As dusk falls, bat enthusiasts from RSPB will be on-hand to give participants an extraordinary glimpse of the lives of these elusive and fascinating creatures.

“Fourteen species of bat have previously been recorded at Westonbirt - only 18 species exist in the UK in total - so we should be spoilt for choice when it comes to seeing and hearing them on this event” said on-site RSPB Information Assistant Amy Martin.

“I’ve seen suspect Brown Long-eared bats hawking insects at Westonbirt,” elaborated Matt Brierley, RSPB’s People Engagement Officer for Gloucestershire, “but we’ve never picked them up on a detector. We’re in for an exciting evening.” 

Bat detectors will be provided to work out what species are encountered as they fly about hunting for food, which could include rare species like barbastelle bats.

Booking for this event, which will be held on Saturday 6th October, is essential. £5 per person. Spaces are extremely limited so please book early.  For more information please call Amy Martin on 07747618141 or email

For more information about Westonbirt Arboretum, which is managed by the Forestry Commission, visit