Winter Lecture programme

Our winter programme of lectures begins on Monday 1st October with an illustrated talk about Hen Harriers by Roisin Taylor of the RSPB. The venue is The Golden Lion, Ripon and everyone is welcome.  More details are given in the poster below.

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Subsequent events in the programme are given below and will all be held at the Ripon Museum, Allhallowgate commencing 7.30pm.  There is no need to book.

5th November      “A Carpathian Caper” – a wildlife holiday in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania by Raymond and Pat Rumbold

3rd December     “Wildlife Wanderings in the USA” by Alistair Pearson – High Batts member and professional photographer, Alistair will feature many images from his travels throughout the USA including “Images for Conservation” an initiative to support Eco tourism in SE Texas and the Brown Bears of Coastal Alaska.

4th February        “Highland Winter to West Country Autumn” – a walk between the highest points of every British County by Victoria Morris

4th March           “In Search of the World’s Largest Flower” –  exploring the ecology of Borneo encountered during the search for Rafflesia by Pat Hutchinson

In at the Start event

We are in the last few weeks of our project before we submit our final report to the judges for the Quarry Life Award.  Our last event of the project for Reserve members is a walk around the Pennycroft area, following the route taken by our species monitors and photographers. This will be from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday 1st September and booking is essential as numbers will be limited. Please let us know if you wish to come by sending us an email. You can follow the progress of the project to date by visiting our blog.

Public voting for Quarry Life project has started on the Quarry Life Award website. You can register and vote for the project of your choice and if you can support us we would be very grateful.

Another Muck-in date

We have another Muck-in morning coming up on Saturday 11th August. We are not sure what the tasks will be yet but we hope to have a change from balsam and bracken bashing. If you are interested in joining us, drop us an email to let us know.  We are really appreciative of the help given at these events – it really does make a difference to the management of the Reserve so if you can spare a couple of hours, please join us.

Members’ Muck-in morning

We have a Muck-in morning scheduled for Saturday 23rd June from 9.30am to 12 noon when we will be tackling Balsam and Bracken.  The work is a bit repetitive but not too demanding but your help would make a big difference. Let us know if you can come and meet your fellow members and enjoy the refreshments!

Open Day


Poster 2018

Events by Nidderdale AONB that you might like

More Marvelous Moths!
26th May 9am at Scar House Reservoir car park. The night before we will be setting up moth traps, with experts Charlie Fletcher (county moth recorder) and Jill Warwick. We have no idea what we might find – as far as we know this is the first time that anyone has trapped up there for years and years. Join us the next morning for the big big reveal of our haul. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn all about moths, Charlie and Jill are true experts. To make up for the early start we will head for breakfast (on The Wild Watch) at a local cafe afterwards.

Bees and Pollinators
14th June 10am-4pm, meet at AONB Offices. Join renowned ecologist and entomologist Steven Falk to learn about our amazing pollinators and their needs – you will never look at the countryside in the same way again!

These events are both free but places are limited so please book online:

Bird ringing demonstration

We had to cancel the event on 31st March because of bad weather, but this has now been rearranged for Sunday 22nd April from 10am to 1.30pm.  In addition to being able to watch birds being ringed, there will be a small exhibition about bird ringing and recording, and refreshments will be available. This is a family event for everyone but no dogs please.

In at the Start Events

Lots of IATS events are coming up.  The first is on Friday 23rd March at North Stainley Village Hall when we have “Quarrying for wildlife“, an evening of short presentations and slide shows featuring lots of aspects about Pennycroft, from geology to historic landscape, and how restored quarries are proving so beneficial for wildlife – it starts at 7.30 and there will be refreshments. The event is free and open to everyone.

On Saturday 31st March there will be ringing demonstration at the Reserve by the East Dales Ringing Group from 10 until 3 with an exhibition and refreshment.  This is a family event for everyone but no dogs please.

And on Saturday 14th April we have workshop on identifying and recording Dragonflies from 9.30 to 10 at North Stainley Village Hall. Places are limited so please book by emailing us.

In at the Start Project

We are thrilled that our new major project based on the Pennycroft quarrying extension next to High Batts has been selected as one of six in the UK to enter the Heidelberg Quarry Life Award, an international competition now in its 4th year.  You can find out more about the project here.

Members’ Muck-in Morning

Our next Muck-in morning will be on Saturday 7th October 2017 starting at 9.30 am when the task will be coppicing. We would love to see you if you can make it. Drop us an email at to let us know if you are coming.

High Batts Open Day

Our Open Day this year will be held on Sunday 22nd October to coincide with National Mammals Week. There will be a full day of events from guided walks, mammal demonstrations to lots of things for children to get involved in. The event starts at 10 and all are welcome. More details to follow.

Programme of winter lectures

All our winter meetings are held at The Golden Lion, Ripon starting at 7.30 pm and there is a charge of £2.00 per person.

5th October – Keith Gittens “Dragonflies of Yorkshire”

9th November – Stuart Ward “Sri Lanka”

7th December – Tom Lawson “Travels in Australia”

8th February – Pat Rumbold and Colin Slator; Winter and Summer visits to Finland/Norway

8th March – Peter Bowman “Trip to India”


Another members’ muck-in event.

Despite the drizzle the bracken bashing went well on 10th June. We are now turning our attention to that other problem, Himalayan Balsam, and there will be a Muck-in morning on Saturday 22nd July to tackle this. Please try to join us, and let us know if you are coming by dropping us an email to Alwin Knowles at

Members’ muck-in mornings 

Last year we had 5 very successful Members’ muck-in mornings. Our first such event for 2017 is planned for Saturday, 10th June 2017 for a session of bracken-bashing and balsam-pulling commencing at 9.30am. Please email Secretary Alwin Knowles know if you are joining in on

Annual General Meeting 2017

The AGM for High Batts will be held at 7..30 pm on Tuesday 9th May at St. Wilfreds Community Centre, Trinity Lane, Ripon. After the formal meeting there will be a slide show “High Batts through the year 2016”.  All are welcome.

Autumn/winter lectures 

High Batts Nature Reserve runs an Autumn and Winter Programme of talks and slideshows. These are open to members and to non-members and the venue is The Golden Lion in Ripon, commencing 7.30 pm. Entry costs £2.00.  Our programme for 2017/18 will be published in late summer.

Open Day

We had a hugely successful 2016 Open Day on Sunday 3rd July. There were 157 visitors, many of whom had not been to the Reserve before, and who enjoyed guided walks, demonstrations of bats, small mammals, moths, bees, and bird ringing. There were activities for children with quizzes, pond dipping and nest box making being very popular. The weather was delightful, with many visitors staying for a chat and refreshments and a sit in the sun.  Our Open Day in 2017 will be held on Sunday 22nd October to co-incide with National Mammal Week.

Fascinating bats
Visitors at the bird ringing station