The Church

Thornham is a large medieval church on the North Norfolk coast, with a new Victorian chancel and east window.

The church is full of amazing carving and woodwork, especially the pew ends which include ships, animals and a mermaid holding a mirror.

The rood screen between the nave and the chancel shows saints and apostles and was painted in 1488.

Thornham church is usually open for visitors, and popular with tourists on the north Norfolk coast. The church has a small second hand bookshop.

The Solutions

Thornham church has a roost of around 200 Common and Soprano Pipistrelles. As well causing a lot of work for the church wardens, the bats may be causing damage to the rood screen and the flooring.

We have now installed a bespoke bat box over the main access through the clerestory window, rafter boxes in the south aisle and external boxes on the chancel. As the bats move into these new roost spaces they will then be excluded from the church and will no longer be able to fly inside.

Once the boxes are in use, there will be a live camera feed from the roost which you will be able to watch inside the church.

Upcoming events

23rd Oct 2020: The pipistrelles of Thornham church Virtual Bat Night with Phil Parker

If you’d like to contact or find out more about the church, visit their page on A Church Near You