Bats in Churches LIVE Series One

Welcome to the first season of Bats in Churches LIVE, our free online discussion series. Join our fabulously well-informed, expert guest speakers to delve into the wonderful world of bats and churches.

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Bats in Churches Special

Back by popular demand, join us for our bonus Bats in Churches LIVE event to round off the series!

The Bats in Churches Special will be focusing on the project itself, the issue of bats in churches, and some examples of the solutions being trialled with help from a range of extra special guests.

Guests: Phil Parker (ecologist), Sheila Lever (St Pega's church, Peakirk), Rachel Arnold (BiC)

Chair: Ione Fitzpatrick, BiC Comminications Officer

Location: Zoom

Date: 3rd June 2020, 13:00 BST

Britain’s Bat Story

In this event, we’ll take a closer look at bats, the role they play in the ecosystem and how they live. We’ll be looking at how these mammals have fared over the last century and the protection we have in place to help them.

Guests: Lisa Worledge (BCT), Philip Briggs (BCT)

Chair: Claire Boothby, BiC Training & Surveys Officer

Location: Zoom

Date: 6th May 2020, 13:00 BST

Understanding bats through their DNA

The project is making use of DNA in bat droppings to identify which bat species are using churches, but the study of DNA can help us to learn a lot more than this! We'll be joined by expert guest speakers to explore current research and the secrets that the bat genome holds.

Guests: Prof Fiona Mathews (Ecotype Genetics, University of Sussex & Chair of the Mammal Society), Megan Power (University College Dublin)

Chair: Claire Boothby, BiC Training & Surveys Officer

Location: Zoom

Date: 20th May 2020, 13:00 BST

The Wonders of Church Wall Paintings

Our panel will explore the imagery of wall paintings, some of the most famous examples, why they were lost after the Reformation, and how they were eventually uncovered and conserved. We will also discuss how we are working with some churches in our project to protect their medieval wall paintings.

Guests: Roger Rosewell (author), Tobit Curteis (conservator), John Morrison (restoration coordinator)

Chair: Rachel Arnold, BiC Heritage Advisor

Location: Zoom

Date: 27th May 2020, 13:00 BST

England’s Church Buildings – Treasure Houses of History

Our panel will explore the importance of the humble parish church looking at architecture, style and use. We will aim to give you some tips on what to look out for when visiting a church and how to make the most of your visit.

Guests: Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch (University of Oxford), Rachel Morley (Friends of Friendless Churches), Janet Berry (ChurchCare, Church of England)

Chair: Rachel Arnold, BiC Heritage Advisor

Location: Zoom

Date: 13th May 2020, 13:00 BST