Volunteer Bat Survey

Due to the unprecedented circumstances created by the COVID-19 outbreak, we still invite you to register and select a church to survey, but we ask that you hold off from contacting your chosen church until further notice as currently places of worship are closed.

There are 16,000 CofE churches in England, and while there is currently no accurate data, unofficial research suggests that up to 60% of pre-sixteenth century churches may contain roosts. Some churches house large, nationally important maternity roosts and so far eight species of bats have been recorded in churches within the National Bat Monitoring Programme roost count.

You can help us to better understand bats in churches across England by taking part in the National Bats in Churches Study. We have 1000 randomly selected churches for this study and we need your help to survey as many as possible.

These surveys will allow us to:

  • Better understand how bats use churches across England.
  • Predict how many churches have bat roosts, the factors influencing the use of churches by bats and explore the differences between species and regions.
  • Have a more thorough picture of the perspectives of those living with bats and the issues they may be facing.
  • Provide better information and support for both church communities and bat conservation.