Bat Punting Safaris

Our annual Bat Punt Safaris with Scudamore's provide one of the most exciting experiences of summer on the River Cam in Cambridge

Enjoy a unique experience setting off just before dusk; hand held bat detectors pick up on bat echolocation as the punt drifts down the River Cam, and our Wildlife Trust guide will interpret the type of bat from the clicks and squeaks of, for example, pipistrelle and Daubenton's bats, as well as identifying all the other sounds of the riverbank - from herons and tawny owls to roosting wading birds. During late July and into August mother bats fly in tandem with their bat pups.

This season's trips start on Friday 12 May 2017 (each trip runs 90 minutes) and will run every Friday until 22 September 2017; plus Saturday evening bat safaris on 22/7, 29/7, 5/8, 12/8, 19/8 and 26/8. Scudamore's pass on 50% of ticket proceeds come to the Trust, so every booking helps wildlife.

For departure times and to make bookings please visit Scudamore's or call 01223 359750.

Read Derek Niemann's lyrical bat punt experience in the Guardian Country Diary




Book a Batty Business Bash

These unique trips make a great team outing and a fantastic opportunity to entertain business clients. Private midweek bookings are available on request from mid May until late September - make the trip extra special with strawberries and cream plus a glass of Pimms.

Departures fluctuate according to when dusk settles; for departure times and to make a booking please visit the Scudamore's Bat Safari or call 01223 359750.

50% of ticket sales donated to the Wildlife Trust - this has now helped raise £36,000 over the past six years

Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trust BCN, Brian Eversham says: “This is the perfect partnership for us - it’s a great way to inspire people about their local wildlife. Bats can seem very mysterious, but by linking up with Scudamore’s we’ve been able to dispel the myths and show people the true wonder of the bats which live in the heart of Cambridge.”

To find out more information about bats seen on the punt trips visit Ecology Groups Bat Survey page.

You can also help the Wildlife Trust monitor bats and other species through our volunteering programme.