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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Painted ceiling of church chancel with rood screen and triptych behind altar

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.

Red stone church showing Lady Chapel and table tombs in churchyard

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.

yellow stonecrops flower in a graveyard

Chacewater, St Paul

St Paul’s Chacewater is a large Victorian church

The exterior of a small, sunlight red brick church with a square tower

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.

A long grey church with a low tower, taken from the graveyard

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.

A stained glass image of male and female Bluethroat birds

Cley, St Margaret of Antioch

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

Stone church with battlements and low bell tower

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.

The exterior of a pale yellow stone church with extremely large perpendicular windows and a low, flint tower

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.

Aerial view of church with steeple, with churchyard, houses and far views

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.

Image shows a historic effigy within a church

Colmworth, St Denys

St Denys Colmworth is a fine church with important furnishings