Churches are important roosting sites for bats and some have provided a safe haven from habitat loss for many generations.

In small numbers bats often go unnoticed, but when a large roost is present they can create an unmanageable cleaning burden, reduce the functionality of the church, and cause damage to heritage items of high cultural value.

The Bats in Churches project is a unique partnership between Natural England, the Church of England, the Bat Conservation Trust, the Churches Conservation Trust, and Historic England that was created to address the issues that bats can cause in churches while continuing to protect their roosts.

Funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project endeavours to empower church communities to live alongside and appreciate their resident bats by helping to alleviate some of the pressures that they can cause.

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

Our projects

We have 0ver 100 projects across the UK aiming to protect bats and the amazing heritage buildings they call home.

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  • Midlands and the North West
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Arundel, St Nicholas

More information on our work with this church coming soon. Please contact us if you would like to find out more.

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Askham, St Peter

A small ‘pre-ecclesiological’ Gothic Revival church of 1832 by Sir Robert Smirke (the architect for nearby Lowther Castle), incorporating features from the earlier medieval church on this site.

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Baconsthorpe, St Mary

A pretty decorated Norfolk church full of monuments to the Heydon family and home to a roost of Common and Soprano Pipistrelles.

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Banningham, St Botolph

A part-thatched Norfolk church with a series of wall paintings and a collection of fine Medieval glass. Home to Pipistrelle and Brown-long Eared bats.

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Billingford, St Leonard

A picturesque, peaceful church on the Norfolk/Suffolk border with Natterer’s bats roosting in the low tower.

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Blagdon, St Andrew

More information on our work with this church coming soon. Please contact us if you would like to find out more.

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Blickling, St Andrew

Home of the Boleyn family and the Marquesses of Lothian, we’re working to protect the many brasses and monuments from bat-related damage.

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Brampton, St Mary Magdalene

An active community church just outside Huntingdon. We’re commissioning full surveys of the bats and the church heritage to see how we can help here.

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Braunston-in-Rutland, All Saints

One of our three pilot churches, the Soprano Pipistrelle colony is still thriving in the south aisle roof with no mess or damage inside the church.

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Brisley, St Bartholomew

A large church full of carved bench ends and Medieval wall paintings. We’re funding conservation work on the wall paintings and surveys of the bat roosts to see how we can help.

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