Bat walks in the South East

Glorious strolls in the sunshine are a wonderful thing but equally fascinating is the way the woodland comes to life in the evening. As the sun sets and dusk draws in on a still summer’s day, hedgerows turn to highways and the winged residents of creviced trees or disused tunnels come out to hunt in the open air. We’re the single biggest owner of bat roosts in the UK, from ancient trees on the Ashridge Estate to the specially converted hibernaculum on Toys Hill, come and hang out with the bats.

Autumnal Ladies Walk at Ashridge Herts
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Ashridge Estate 

Discover the ancient trees of Ashridge and find out more about the original park planting on this woodland walk. The gnarled trees and deadwood insects provide a healthy woodland habitat for the rare Bechstein’s bat.

Sunrise on the Mottisfont estate, Hampshire
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Mottisfont 

Discover our diverse estate on a walk through ancient woodlands, historic farmland and along the crystal-clear River Test. Mottisfont has an international designation for the rare Barbastelle bats in our Hampshire woods.

A group of walkers pass below the beeches in Borthwood Copse
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Borthwood Copse 

This short atmospheric walk in a secluded part of the Island takes you through woods that are home to a wealth of secretive wildlife. Dormice are common here, the rare Bechstein’s bat inhabits the woodland and, of course, look out for an Isle of Wight speciality: the red squirrel.

A chalk grassland meadow full of flowers and grasses on the slopes of Hat Hill in summer, with distant views of surrounding countryside on the horizon
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Drovers Estate 

Walk our scenic Sussex trail for a varied, circular route through woodland, fields, and downland, with great views from Hat Hill. Pass by disused, red brick railway tunnels that are now important legally protected roost sites for bats.

Enjoy a walk at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent
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Chartwell 

This beautiful circular walk links Chartwell and Emmetts Garden, passing through the woodland at Hosey Common and the pretty hamlet of French Street. At Toys Hill discover what was once the water tower for the Weardale estate but has now been converted into a bat hibernaculum. They seem to like hanging out in their new home.