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Cropped image of a Greater Horseshoe Bat hibernating upside-down

Greater Horseshoe excitement in Cornwall

9th August 2022

Bats in Churches engagement officer Honor Gay joins the Cornwall Bat Group and makes an exciting discovery in an outbuilding of a Cornish church.

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Challenge yourself with Bats in Churches

26th July 2022

Introducing the Bats in Churches Challenge Badge, the perfect way for children, young people and families to get involved with Bats in Churches.

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Feeling creative? Learn to draw a bat with our free tutorial

15th July 2022

Celebrate the creativity that bats inspire and brush up on your batty knowledge with this step-by-step draw-along with professional illustrator Maisy Inston.

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On A Wing And A Prayer: The Bats in Churches Art Installation

13th July 2022

To celebrate the long-standing relationship between bats and churches, we’ve commissioned Bats in Churches volunteer and professional artist Ilene Sterns to create a unique installation entitled On A Wing And A Prayer. Here, Ilene explains her inspiration and motivation behind the work, and gives us a sneak peak of what she’s created so far….

The front cover of The Little Church Bat, showing an illustration of a bat flying over a church

Meet The Little Church Bat!

16th June 2022

Bats in Churches has published its first ever children’s book based on the true story of one of our project churches. Meet Mo, The Little Church Bat!

Bats in Churches engagement officer Rose at the Braunston May Fayre

The Little Church Bat raises nearly £250 for Bats in Churches pilot project

4th May 2022

The new children’s book published by Bats in Churches was a highlight at the Braunston-in-Rutland May Fayre, a traditional village fete and celebration of the church of All Saints.

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Could you survey your local church for bats?

1st March 2022

Bats in Churches is appealing for volunteers to come forward and help with the final year of the National Bats in Churches Survey and Church Bat Detectives! Here’s what we’ve learned so far in this ambitious citizen science project, and how to get involved.

Rachel Arnold inspecting and cleaning the wooden cadaver in Keyston church

Come and work with us – Heritage Advisor vacancy

23rd February 2022

We’re currently looking for a new Heritage Advisor to help us provide heritage advice, guidance and support to our project churches. Does that sound like you?

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Can bats harm the health of the congregation?

18th January 2022

One of the main reasons bats get a bad name is due to the belief they carry and spread diseases and sometimes church communities worry about the health impact of their resident bats. Lisa Worledge, Head of Conservation Services at Bat Conservation Trust, busts a few myths about rabies, issues with droppings and urine, and Covid-19.

A bat flying under an ancient beam inside a church tower

‘We’re on a continual curve of understanding’ Life as a bat ecologist

30th November 2021

Sleeping on tombs, batty surprises and the evolution of buildings – welcome to the world of ecologist Emily Dickins, of Bernwood Ecology. We caught up with her to find out a bit more about life as a registered consultant for Bats in Churches.