The last century saw a dramatic decline in bat populations, largely due to loss of habitat, and as a result bats are now protected by law. 

Churches are important roosting sites for bats and some have provided a safe haven from habitat loss for many generations. It is thought that as many as 60% of pre-16th Century churches contain bat roosts and at least 8 species are known to use churches.

Historic churches are attractive to bats because of their many entry and exit points,
nooks and crannies to roost in, and are often surrounded by a species-rich churchyard

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All Saints Church, Braunston-in-Rutland

Back to Our Projects The Church All Saints in Braunston-in-Rutland is a Grade II* listed church set at the highest point in the heart of the village, enabling the tower and its small spire to be seen from most approaches. It houses three medieval features of historical interest, 15th Century wall paintings, a Norman font,…

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Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, Tattershall

Back to Our Projects The Church The church at Tattershall is a large 15th Century building retaining much of its original structure, including medieval roofs, the north, west and south doors in the nave and the chancel doors. The fabric is of high archaeological, architectural, historical and artistic significance, including six striking monumental brasses from…

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St Pega’s Church, Peakirk

Back to Our Projects The Church The 11th Century church of St Pega’s is Grade I listed and boasts a series of rare 14th Century wall paintings that were discovered in the 1950s having been limewashed over during the reign of Edward VI (1547-53). The surviving images include Christ’s Passion Cycle, St Christopher and the…

Help us find out how bats are using churches across England

By surveying your local churches for bats

Need help or info about bats?

Call the Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228

Churches in England are eligible for free bat advice provided by Natural England. This can include a free visit by a trained volunteer and can be obtained when:

  • Bats are causing a nuisance inside the church
  • Renovation or small scale building work is planned
  • Grounded bats are found
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Need help or info about bats?

Call the Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228

Churches in England are eligible for free bat advice provided by Natural England. This can include a free visit by a trained volunteer and can be obtained when:

  • Bats are causing a nuisance inside the church
  • Renovation or small scale building work is planned
  • Grounded bats are found