News

15 churches and counting! Bats in Churches volunteers Phil and Ilene on their batty summer

28th September 2021

Volunteers Phil Atkin and Ilene Sterns have so far surveyed 15 churches for the National Bats in Churches survey. Here, Ilene shares some of their experiences and highlights, as well as her thoughts on what makes volunteering so rewarding.

Surprises in store at St Margaret’s Harwood Dale

8th July 2021

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.

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

20th May 2021

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.

July 2020 Update: Getting the ball rolling again

25th August 2020

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.

Rare bat discovered by our survey volunteers

16th July 2020

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?

Re-opening guidance for churches post-lockdown

16th June 2020

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.

Bats in the Belfry

8th June 2020

Bats in Churches training and survey officer Claire Boothby introduces the project, its aims, the challenges, and shares some of the questions we’re hoping to answer.

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

2nd February 2020

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.

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

2nd November 2019

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

8th October 2019

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