The Church

The first thing you notice as you walk into Great Hockham church is the array of medieval paintings, seemingly on every wall.

Above the chancel arch is God the father, and the annunciation with the angel Gabriel visiting the Virgin Mary. On other walls are the Adoration of the Magi and possibly the last supper.

As well as the paintings, Great Hockham has some wonderfully carved pew ends including a mermaid and several acrobats and contortionists.

The Solutions

Great Hockham church is home to a colony of Natterer's Bats. The bats primarily roost in the chancel roof and cause no problems inside the church. However, some bats use the corners of the nave and may be causing damage to the wall paintings.

In spring 2021 the project, along with Wild Wings Ecology and advice from the church architect installed four new rafter boxes in the north and south aisles. The north aisle boxes are artificially heated to encourage the bats to use them, the south aisle boxes will be naturally heated by the sun. We've also added a new external box by the south porch.

The roosts will be monitored over the summer and will hopefully be closed off in winter 2022, which will then prevent most of the bats from entering the main area of the church.

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