A photo showing the gaps under slate roof tiles at St Margaret's Harwood Dale

Surprises in store at St Margaret’s Harwood Dale

It’s important we survey churches that don’t have bats, as well as those that do. But what about those that don’t think they have bats? As Bats in Churches Study volunteer Nick Gibbons discovered when he surveyed St Margaret’s Church in Harwood Dale, historic churches are full of surprises.

A young woman using a mobile phone to take a photo of the inside of a church

Call for volunteers to survey the nation’s churches for bats this summer!

Bats in Churches is appealing for volunteers to come forward and help search for evidence of bats in their local church this summer. Here’s why we need your help – and some of the surprising and exciting results we’ve discovered so far.

Claire Boothby taking part in the Bats in Churches volunteer survey by collecting droppings from a scatter on a wooden surface

July 2020 Update: Getting the ball rolling again

The latest news from Bats in Churches as the project faces the challenges posed by the pandemic head-on and prepares for a season of bat mitigation works in project churches.

A small, greyish bat with noticably long ears, hanging from a stone wall facing the camera

Rare bat discovered by our survey volunteers

A rare grey long-eared bat has been discovered at a church in Devon, much to the excitement of Bats in Churches volunteers and partners. So why is this such an important find?

A medieval painting showing St Andrew holding a cross, the painting had red and black pigment showing against a white wall

Re-opening guidance for churches post-lockdown

There are a lot of new rules and regulations on keeping your church building safe while re-opening it during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s some advice and tips that might help, from cleaning guidance to preparing for social distancing.

Two women with cleaning equipment standing outside church door

February 2020 Update: Full steam ahead for the Bats in Churches project

The latest news from Bats in Churches including early wakeups from hibernation (back to sleep with you!), stained-glass bats and new churches joining the project.

Warm summer evening with a large group of people standing outside a church with lighted windows waiting for bats to appear

November 2019 Update: Bedtime for bats, but the team is busier than ever!

The latest news from Bats in Churches including co-ordination work with churches, bags of help from Tesco and a cleaning workshop.

Volunteer Bat Roost Visitors, Roger & Sylvia Jiggins

Volunteers nominated for Natural England award

Meet the expert Volunteer Bat Roost Visitors from Essex Bat Group who are in line for an award from Natural England.

Female ecologist surveying church for bats using specialist equipment

July 2019 Update: The bat survey season continues!

For many of our female furry friends, the sole pup of the year has been born and, while they aren’t yet flying very successfully, they’re growing stronger fed by their mother’s milk. Keep your eyes peeled near known maternity roosts for pups on the ground as they’re learning to fly and if you see one…

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Bats in Churches project takes off!

The Bats in Churches project is now officially underway with the new team on board and committed to seeing the project through over the next five years. The end of last year saw solutions successfully developed for the three pilot churches, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund confirm a grant of £3.8 million, securing the…