Bat Buddy School Award

What is the Bat Buddy School Award?

Our Bat Buddy School Award offers excellent curriculum-linked learning opportunities for schools.

Bat-related activities can link to most of the curriculum, for example,

  • Science: life cycles/evolution/echo-location
  • Maths: bat detector work and data analysis
  • Literacy: Folklore/story-telling/poetry
  • Geography: habitats/climate change

“It is helpful to be able to integrate this way of learning as a regular event, as it benefits the students to learn outside of the classroom, and gives the staff a moment to refresh and enjoy being out, whilst still meeting the curriculum requirements, and having material to use for extended learning after the event.” Teacher feedback 2017

Local and Relevant

Children will learn about a locally endangered mammal and will feel empowered to do something to help. It’s something real on their doorstep which they can relate too. You could elect ‘bat champions’ to plan your project, and  spread the word (Pass the Bat-on!) to other children, parents and the wider community.

Each level of the award is completed by carrying out 10 batty activities . Our Bat Facts and Websites and Resources list contains all you need to get going! Suggested activities are designed to easy to fit into everyday learning.

The Bat Conservation Trust also has some fantastic ready made lesson plans and resources. This can be found in their downloadable Bats for All resource pack.

STOP PRESS October 2019 – The new Nature Friendly Schools website offers help and advice to schools and is packed with useful resources.

You can record activities here. Sign up to our Bat Buddy School Award

Here’s an example of a completed Bronze Record of Activities.

To find out more contact Helen Parr, Community Engagement Officer.

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

Visit our downloads page for our full range of downloads and resources.

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. They made 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. They then 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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