Churches are important roosting sites for bats and some have provided a safe haven from habitat loss for many generations.

In small numbers bats often go unnoticed, but when a large roost is present they can create an unmanageable cleaning burden, reduce the functionality of the church, and cause damage to heritage items of high cultural value.

The Bats in Churches project is a unique partnership between Natural England, the Church of England, the Bat Conservation Trust, the Churches Conservation Trust, and Historic England that was created to address the issues that bats can cause in churches while continuing to protect their roosts.

Funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project endeavours to empower church communities to live alongside and appreciate their resident bats by helping to alleviate some of the pressures that they can cause.

Historic churches are attractive to bats because of their many entry and exit points,
nooks and crannies to roost in, and are often surrounded by a species-rich churchyard

Our projects

We have 0ver 100 projects across the UK aiming to protect bats and the amazing heritage buildings they call home.

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  • East Anglia
  • Midlands and the North West
  • South and Central
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Whissendine, St Andrew

Set within the charming Rutland village of Whissendine, St Andrew’s is famous for its impressive C14th west tower, which dominates the landscape and can be seen from miles away.

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Wiggenhall, St Mary The Virgin

In the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, full of intricately carved bench ends and a Medieval screen.

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Willington, St Lawrence

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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Wimbish, All Saints

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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Winteringham, St Peter

This exceptional Grade I listed medieval church, dedicated to St Peter, is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.

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Witton, St Margaret

A round tower church with Saxon stonework and a stunning view out to the Norfolk coast. We’re commissioning full surveys of the bats and the church heritage to see how we can help here.

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Wood Dalling, St Andrew

A festival church hosting exhibitions and events as well as services. We’re commissioning surveys of the bat roost and the church heritage to see how we can help.

Help us find out how bats are using churches across England

By surveying your local churches for bats

Need help or info about bats?

Call the Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228

Churches in England are eligible for free bat advice provided by Natural England. This can include a free visit by a trained volunteer and can be obtained when:

  • Bats are causing a nuisance inside the church
  • Renovation or small scale building work is planned
  • Grounded bats are found
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Need help or info about bats?

Call the Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228

Churches in England are eligible for free bat advice provided by Natural England. This can include a free visit by a trained volunteer and can be obtained when:

  • Bats are causing a nuisance inside the church
  • Renovation or small scale building work is planned
  • Grounded bats are found