North East Scotland Bat Group

Details of forthcoming events are emailed in advance to all of our members on a regular basis and are also posted here on this page closer to the event date.

Some of our events have limited spaces which are allocated to members on a first come basis. Most of our events are free to members but on occasion we may need to charge a small fee with some specialist skills workshops.

Non members are able to attend their first event for free. However if you wish to attend future events then you must become a member.

For further details on becoming a member please contact  

Next events:

Thursday 19th May

Introduction to Bats

Meet 8.00pm end approx 10.00pm to 10.30pm

Venue - The National Trust for Scotland, Castle Fraser, near Kemnay in the "log Cabin"

The log cabin is situated by the walled garden. Park in the main car park and walk down towards the walled garden and you will find us about 5 mins from the car park.

Tonight we will be looking at an introduction to bats here in the north east of Scotland, the species you are likely to find, their ecology and life cycles. Knowing what bats are up to at various times of year makes it easier to plan both survey work and public events. We will start with a power point presentation and then go out to try using bat detectors and practice identifying the bats flying around the castle at castle Fraser.

Bring a bat detector if you have one - but we will have spares, torches for afterwards and midge repellent. Tea & coffee provided.

Please reply to this email to book, contact phone number for the night - Toni Watt 0777 3626981 and please leave a mobile number in case the weather causes us to cancel last minute.



Thurs 26th May

Inchgarth reservoir, Aberdeen

Meet at 9.30pm at reservoir gate NJ900027


A walk around the boundary of the reservoir where we should hear common and soprano pipistrelles and Daubenton’s bats. Nathusius pipistrelle have also been recorded in the last year using passive bat detectors. There will be a chance to see how these are used and the sound records they create.


There is parking for two or three cars at the road entrance to the reservoir but the gate must not be blocked. Otherwise parking on the neighbouring streets such as Primrosehill St and Ave. Please park with due care to the residents.


Bring a torch/headtorch and bat detector if you have one.


Email or phone 01330 822937/07791 258490 to book on by Tues 24th May


Recent events

Sunday 16th March 2014 - Glenbuchat and Glenkindie looking at historic sites for signs of hibernating bats. None found!

Monday 23rd September - Loirston Loch visit looking for Nathusius pipistrelle. None seen but a few Pips and Daubentons around. 

Thursday 20th June - NESBats AGM and Burn o Vat roost count.

Saturday 15th June - Introduction to Bats. Joint Event with NTS bat thistle camp, NTS bat Group and Nesbats.

25th April - Joint meeting with Aberdeenshire Council on Planning and Licencing issues.

Saturday 9th March 2013 - Toni Watt spoke at the NESBReC Recorders Forum. She talked about the bats on North East Scotland.

Thursday 7th February 2013 - visit to Drum Tower Hibernacula, Drumoak, Nr. Banchory. Visit to survey a known hibernacula on this National Trust For Scotland Property.

Early NESBats Events

24th March 2010 - Bat Dropping Analysis

Wednesday 3rd June 2009 - Haddo Country Park

Tuesday 7th July 2009 - Caves at Muchalls

Wednesday 22nd July 2009 - St Machar Cathedral

Tuesday 4th August 2009 - Finzean Saw Mill

Wednesday 19th August 2009 - Duff House

Sunday 22nd November 2009 - Glenbuchat Castle Hibernacula

Thursday 22nd April 2008 - BCT Partnership Meeting

The group is meeting with Anne Youngman, the Scottish Bat Officer for Bat Conservation Trust, to discuss our group becoming a partner organisation. 

Wednesday 28th April 2010 - Castle Fraser 

A beginner’s introduction to bats. The event will start with a talk in thegarden bothy giving those new to bats a introduction to bat biology, their life and annual cycles, the bats of NE Scotland and basic bat detector use. This will then be followed by a walk around the castle ground to practice identifying various species using detectors.

There will also be an opportunity for those with more experience to learn more about and practice making recordings from bat detectors which can be taken to our next event for sonogram analysis. 

Wednesday 25th May 2010 - Ellon Police Station

A basic introduction to sonogram analysis. The workshop will look at bat ultrasound, recording from a bat detector and sonogram analysis. We will be looking at a number of software packages including the freely available Wavesurfer and also the inexpensive BatScan.

Tuesday 22nd June 2010 - River Dee 

This will be a survey training session for the Bat Conseravtion Trust's (BCT) National Bat Monitoring Program (NBMP) Waterway Survey.

Full details of this survey can be found on the BCT's website

This session will introduce people to daubenton's bat identification and to the BCT survey methods. Hopefully at the end of the session people will go away with the confidence to take on their own site or at very least be able to buddy up with a more experienced partner and assist them with their survey. 

Tuesday 28th July - Haddo House Car Park

A play with our new equipment. A few of us would like to try out the new equipment that we brought with the grant from SNH: duets and bat batons, so plan to spend an evening playing with it.

Wednesday 4th August - Birse Community Trust

The plan is to start with a discussion about last year’s visit, and look at the different detectors. This year the group will only be visiting the saw mill.

Tuesday 10th August: RSBP bat evening at Loch of Strathbeg

Nesbats have agreed to give a talk and walk for the RSBP. The evening will begin with a short talk from Isobel Davidson followed by a bat walk around the reserve. I will let you know the exact time shortly. Anyone from Nesbats is welcome to attend for the evening, however please let us know if you interested in coming with a contact number.

Saturday 28th August - Castle Fraser

Joint NTS(National Trust for Scotland) and Nesbats sunrise swarm event at Castle Fraser.

Come and watch soprano pipistrelle bats returning to their roost after a nights foraging. It will be dark when we get to Castle Fraser but slowly as the light dawns you will see the bats swarming round and round the roost site as they slowly re-enter, a lovely sight to watch.

Hopefully this will be followed by tea / coffe and a light breakfast snack before you head off.

Meet at the castle 5am!!!! Park in the car park and walk down to the castle to meet us - bring a torch as there will be no lighting!