Bat walk

Discover the secret world of bats at Wakehurst after hours with our resident wildlife experts.

Trees at night, Wakehurst

Dates

Woodland bat walk: Monday 23 August and Wednesday 25 August 2021

Garden bat walk: Wednesday 1 September and Thursday 2 September 2021

Time

7pm – 9pm

Location

Meet at Wakehurst Visitor Centre

Price

£15 

£13.50 for Wakehurst and Kew members

Includes day entry to the gardens and car parking

Suitable for ages 10+

Explore Wakehurst after hours with our resident wildlife experts to discover the fascinating world of bats.

Choose from our woodland bat walk which takes you down to Westwood Lake, or the more accessible and shorter garden bat walk which is based around the Mansion Pond.

This evening walk and talk will start with our experienced Wakehurst Rangers, Steve Cook and Kari Winter, speaking about the different bat species that live in the gardens, their behaviours, habitat requirements and what Wakehurst has to offer them.

Using electronic detectors, we will try to pick up the ultrasonic calls of hunting bats as we walk. You will also learn about other animal species, birds and insects that call Wakehurst home.

Bats in a bat box
Bats, credit: Sussex Bat Society

Important information 

  • The woodland bat walk will be approximately 4km on a reasonable surface but is up a steep hill all the way back. Please wear sturdy shoes/walking boots and bring a torch
  • Please be aware that wildlife is unpredictable and we cannot guarantee that you’ll see bats during the evening
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds should you not see any bats