Bat Buddy School Award

Our Bat Buddy School Award offers excellent curriculum-linked learning opportunities for schools in our target areas, both primary and secondary. Bat-related activities can link to almost all aspects of the curriculum, for example, life cycles/evolution/echo-location (Science), bat detector work and data analysis (Maths), folklore/story-telling/poetry (Literacy), habitats/climate change (Geography).

Sign up to our Bat Buddy School Award and carry out activities to achieve each level of your award. Elect bat champions within school to run the project, and to spread the word (Pass the Bat-on!) to other schools in the area. Our Bat Facts and Websites and Resources list contain all you need to get going!

We offer grants of up to £1,000 to help your bat friendly activities. See this Batworks flyer. Visit our downloads page for our full range of downloads and resources. Applications are considered 3 times annually until 2020.

If your school is not located in one of our project areas we can still point you towards some fantastic resources on bats to run your own project .

Contact Helen Parr, Community Engagement Officer for more details at

Past projects

All four schools in the Totnes Federation held a Bat Week. Activities took place all week including assemblies, a talk about moths from an expert, a visit from a real bat, art projects, building bug hotels, hedgerow surveys and bat detecting.  By putting out detectors in the school grounds 360 bats from 12 species were recorded in one week, including greater horseshoe bats at every school.

Diptford Primary science coordinator Roxanne Burness-Moakes said “All visits were fantastic and the children really benefited from it and applied it to their learning”.


Gunnislake Primary school held a fun batty activity day finding out all about bats in the Tamar Valley – making bat cakes, and learning all about echo location by playing a bat and moth game.

In East Devon, Branscombe Primary and preschool learnt all about bats and planted saplings to create a hedge – a great place for bats to hunt and find prey. Thanks to the National Trust for their help.

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Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project