Thorndon Bat Project

To participate please refer to our events page for a list of upcoming dates.

Thorndon provides rich and diverse habitats which are ideal for bats (image copyright: Graham Hart)

Thorndon Country Park (North and South) is owned and managed by Essex County Council but also incorporates land acquired by The Woodland Trust.  The Park is a beautiful mosaic of different woodland types, lakes, ponds and grasslands and mature hedgerows with links to neighbouring countryside typical of south Essex.

In 2016, Thorndon was included as a priority site for the inaugural year of our new Woodland Bat Project.  However, the Park itself is so large and varied in its landscape and habitats that the Bat Group felt it deserving of its own stand-alone project.  So, in 2017, Graham Hart started a brand new project at Thorndon Park using some of the techniques and protocols from the Weald Project in addition to the deployment of static bat detectors.  We are now starting to learn more about the bat population of Thorndon Country Park.

Thorndon has now taken over from Weald and is the Group’s main project aimed at members who wish to learn more about Woodland Survey techniques.  All members are welcome whatever their level of experience.

Surveys will continue in 2018 and the dates can be found in the Member’s Area.

Further details please email Graham Hart at

Map of Thorndon:  For further visitor details and access visit the Essex County Council Essex Country Parks website.