The Church

The church at Witton-by-Walsham sits just a couple of miles inland from the coast at Bacton. The churchyard has one of the best views in the county, looking out to the sea and to the church tower and lighthouse at Happisburgh.

The church itself has a number of very early survivals, including two round Saxon windows and Saxon stonework in the nave. The round tower itself is Saxon and early Norman.

Despite being remote, the church is very active, there are regular tower tours in summer, and cakes and jams on sale inside.

Our Work

Witton is home to at least three species of bats, Natterer's in the porch, Common and Soprano Pipistrelle in the main body of the church and Serotine in the upper section of the tower.

The small community struggle to keep the church clean and this prevents them running the fundraising events and activities they need to keep supporting the church.

The church now has a full set of bat surveys and a bat mitigation plan in place to confine the bats to boxes above the vestry and in the tower. There are also plans to encourage the bats to use an outbuilding in the churchyard. The church are currently fundraising to carry out the works.

Witton Case Study Poster

Witton Fact Sheet

Witton Bat Management Plan 2021

Upcoming events

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