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 and there is a public Drop-in Session at North Stainley Village Hall on Saturday 10th February from 10 am to 3 pm.

Our next Event

Our next lecture will be on Thursday 8th February. Below is the poster with full details – it promises to be an informative and entertaining evening.

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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