On October 31 2023, the delivery phase of the five-year £5m Bats in Churches project, a partnership between Church of England, Natural England, Bat Conservation Trust, the Churches Conservation Trust and Historic England majority funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund came to an end. It’s time to say thank you, and goodbye.
After a successful tour across England, our unique multimedia art installation celebrating the long-standing connection between bats and churches is to be permanently displayed at the Grade I listed medieval church of St Peter in Wintringham, North Yorkshire.
As the Bats in Churches project draws to a close, some of our successful case studies have caught the attention of the national press.
On September 14 2023, more than 70 delegates gathered at the church of St Mary Magdalene in Paddington, London to celebrate the successes and consider the legacy of the five-year £5m Bats in Churches project.
Bats in Churches welcomed representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund and our partner organisations to project churches to share some of the amazing successes of the project and look towards its legacy.
Our unique touring wildlife and heritage art installation will spend the summer in our project church of St Paul’s, Chacewater, Cornwall. Find out more about this lovely church, its bats, and the inspiration behind the artwork.
The Bats in Churches team joined members of the congregation at our project church in Edgeworth to clean up after the church’s resident bats.
Watch our latest series of fascinating lunchtime events featuring guests including wildlife experts, heritage champions and an award-winning writer!
As our travelling art installation On A Wing And A Prayer tours project churches around the country, we look at the story behind its latest destination, St Peter’s Church in Wintringham, the ‘church brought together by bats’.
Our community art project On A Wing And A Prayer is currently touring churches across England. Here, Bats in Churches volunteer and creator of the artwork Ilene Sterns reports back after a hugely successful weekend at the church of St Sampson in Cricklade, Wiltshire.