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.

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