Our work

The Bats in Churches project is working with over 100 churches across England that are affected by bat roosts including some of national importance.

Below is a map of our churches, click through to find more information on the individual churches or toggle to view the churches in list form.

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  • East Anglia
  • Midlands and the North
  • South

Bromfield, St Mary the Virgin

Formerly a Benedictine Priory Church built in c. 1155, a striking and significant feature of St Mary the Virgin is the chancel ceiling depicting the Shield of Trinity surrounded by cherubs and texts.

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Bruera, St Mary the Virgin

A Norman church with a South Chapel added in the C15th and a quirky timber belfry, St Mary’s was completely restored in the late C19th. It has been home to a colony of brown long-eared bats for many years.

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Chacewater, St Paul

More information on our work with this church coming soon. Please contact us if you would like to find out more.

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Chignal Smealy, St Nicholas

The church of St Nicholas stands in the village of Chignal Smealy, in a small churchyard. It was built in the early sixteenth century, and is notable for having been originally constructed of red brick.

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Chrishall, Holy Trinity

Chrishall is said to be the first place in Essex where Christianity took hold: in the Domesday Book the name of the village is stated as ‘Cristehalla’, meaning the home of Christ.

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Christchurch, The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity

More information on our work with this church coming soon. Please contact us if you would like to find out more.

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Cley, St Margaret of Antioch

A spectacular church on the north Norfolk coast with carved stonework and dramatic window tracery.


Clothall, St Mary the Virgin

St Mary’s is home to a splendid stained glass window depicting birds of the English countryside as well as more exotic species. It shelters a large number of bats which have a significant impact on the church furnishings and fittings.

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Coggeshall, St Peter ad Vincula

The magnificent and imposing St Peter ad Vincula (‘St Peter in chains’, a rare dedication) in Coggeshall, Essex, is one of a group of great churches built following the success of the early wool-trade in the East Anglia area. It is Grade I listed.


Cold Overton, St John the Baptist

This Grade I listed church is adorned with rare C13th pre-Reformation wall paintings on two of its lime-plastered walls. Bat boxes in the nave roof provide new roosting spaces for a maternity colony of soprano pipistrelles.