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.
Witton is home to at least three species of bats, Natterer's in the porch, 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 has had several surveys before and we will be using these, and our own survey data from summer 2021 to plan mitigation to confine the Pipistrelle bats to boxes in the rafters and hopefully prevent them causing mess inside the church.